Macmillan Cancer Support: Smiling Kim backs appeal

Kim Oswell pictured with his wife Mel.
Kim Oswell pictured with his wife Mel.
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HE’S determined to face “the big C” with positivity.

Now cancer patient Kim Oswell has also urged people to get behind the Yorkshire Evening Post’s fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mr Oswell was playing golf last year when he suddenly had chest pains, became breathless and was unable to carry on.

After going to his GP, tests revealed he had a rare form of non-hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.

It came as a massive shock as he was rarely ill.

The 52-year-old was immediately taken into hospital for blood transfusions and then told he would need chemotherapy at the Bexley Wing at St James’s Hospital in Leeds.

Each round of chemo involves three or four weeks in hospital followed by a few days at home.

Complications have set in recently and Kim has had to undergo surgery, but he is now waiting for his next bout of chemo to start.

Doctors have told him the form of the disease is treatable and even the medics have been impressed at how positive he has managed to stay.

“They say ‘you are the best patient we have ever had – you are always smiling every day’ which is something I have always done,” he said.

“They even asked if I would mind talking to other patients because I am so positive.”

After having been helped by Macmillan experts throughout his diagnosis and treatment, Kim was keen to give something back to the people he says are “so special”.

When he knew he was going to lose his hair because of the chemo, he decided to shave it off instead and asked for donations to the charity, collecting £250.

Now the sales director, of Ripponden near Halifax, is backing the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Centenary Appeal to raise £35,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

As well as funding nurses and specialists, the charity provides financial grants for cancer patients whose income has been hit by their illness.

During Macmillan’s 100th year, we want to try and raise enough to help 100 families in Leeds and fund the vital work that Macmillan does.

Kim, who has been supported by wife Melanie, said: “One in three of the population will develop cancer. That is scary because you will know someone or someone who knows someone, but when it affects yourself you think ‘why me?’

“After that you are having treatment and much of that will be helped by Macmillan.

“If you can give now to help people who are going through this, it’s going to make the treatment a lot easier and smoother.”

To support the appeal, fill in the form or contact Jamie Strachan, Macmillan fundraising manager for Leeds, on 01924 232442 or email JStrachan@macmillan.org.uk.

Donations can also be made via www.justgiving.com/Yorkshire-Evening-Post.

katie.baldwin@ypn.co.uk

Dr Tom Dobson, course director at Leeds Beckett University.

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