A cancer survivor is backing a new campaign from Cancer Research UK, which aims to help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
Nicki Wardle, 44, of Guiseley, who had a tumour the size of a melon, knows from personal experience just how crucial new discoveries and breakthroughs are to help more people like her survive and offer hope.
The former teacher has teamed up with Cancer Research UK to highlight the power of research in beating cancer.
The new campaign features a series of TV, radio, and print adverts, which carry the bold message: “One day we will beat cancer. Help us make it sooner.”
It’s an appeal that Nicki, wife and full-time mum to boys Sam, 11, and Ewan, eight, wholeheartedly supports.
In 2007, Nicki was diagnosed with a rare gastrointestinal stromal tumour. After suffering severe constipation and stomach ache, a scan showed a large mass the size of a melon in her abdomen.
Following surgery to remove the tumour, Nicki was given the devastating news that she had the rare GIST cancer.
Nicki said: “I’m one of the lucky ones and thanks to Cancer Research UK more and more new drugs are available to give hope. Success stories like mine would not be possible without the charity’s life-saving work, which in turn relies on everyone who raises money. Without their research I might not be here today. Now it’s cancer’s turn to be afraid.”
Nicki is encouraging people to support Cancer Research UK in any way they can, whether it’s making a regular donation, volunteering, or getting involved with an event such as the charity’s flagship Race for Life series.
More than one in three people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Each year an average of 14,700 cases of all cancers are diagnosed in this region. Research funded by Cancer Research UK is helping more people to survive than ever before.
To support Cancer Research UK visit: cruk.org