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Cancer survivor calls for the public to band together

PICTURED: Charlotte Crowl

A 27-year-old from east London who is approaching eight years cancer free is calling on the public to back a campaign to support the charity that helped her through it all.

In the build up to World Cancer Day on Sunday 4 February, Charlotte Crowl, from Ilford, is sharing her story to encourage the public to raise vital funds and awareness for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.

As part of the World Cancer Day campaign, supporters can donate £2 to get their Band Against Cancer wristband available in three collectable colours.

Crowl had to put her life on hold after the shock of being diagnosed with Stage 3 Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in December 2007 at the age of 17.

Following an operation to remove a golf ball sized lump under her arm, she had over two years of high dose chemotherapy. During that time, Crowl had a rare side effect that left her unable to walk, talk or swallow. Thankfully she got the all clear from cancer in April 2010 and continues to work on her mobility.

During her treatment on a teenage cancer ward based in Euston, Crowl and her family had support from a CLIC Sargent support worker, who provides practical, emotional and financial support, and even when she was back home she was able to contact her support worker.

She said: “When I was diagnosed with cancer I was in a weird place and I don’t think I really accepted it at first. My CLIC Sargent Support Worker was a massive help, I’d be lost without her because there is so much information to take in and having someone who could help make sure I got the available things out there for me was a big stress release.

UNITY: Charlotte with her family

“There were other benefits too like getting to meet some of CLIC Sargent’s celebrity ambassadors and making it into their information book.”

Recent hidden costs research from CLIC Sargent showed that 79% of young people felt cancer had a serious impact on their emotional wellbeing, 70% experienced depression during their cancer treatment and 83% of young people experienced loneliness during their cancer treatment.

Thankfully, Crowl’s treatment was a success and now she is determined to give something back by supporting CLIC Sargent’s World Cancer Day campaign where members of the public can donate £2 to get their own ‘Band Against Cancer’ wristband to raise vital funds and awareness.

“It feels really gratifying to wear my Band Against Cancer wristband because CLIC Sargent had such a positive effect on me and my family. Buying a band and raising awareness of this campaign is such a lovely way to be able to give back. I would love it if everyone in East London and beyond gets behind this!”

Charlie Straker, CLIC Sargent Fundraising & Engagement Manager for North London and Hertfordshire, said: “Hearing the word ‘cancer’ can leave a lot of friends, family and loved ones, not knowing what to say, or do, and feeling helpless. Donating and getting your Band Against Cancer wristband is a simple way to show your support for CLIC Sargent and families who have had their lives turned upside down.

“With your help, CLIC Sargent can reach those families behind the statistics, through our support workers and nurses who provide practical, emotional and financial support, to help minimise the damage cancer causes to young people beyond their health.”

To find out more about World Cancer Day and to get your own Band Against Cancer wristband go to: also available in JD Wetherspoon pubs, Morrisons stores and select H Samuel and Ernest Jones stores.

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