Family Stories

Family Stories

Feedback from families we have helped...

Having A Child With Cancer Is Such A Hard Thing To Live With

Several years ago when Kate's eldest son, Peter, was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia) the family was understandably devastated. Watching a child going through cancer treatment is a harrowing experience for any family, but this was not all that Kate's family was to endure. Shortly after Peter completed his treatment, Kate's younger son Andrew was also diagnosed with ALL ... Read more >

Kate Mother

Freedom From Cancer

Iona was nominated for a Sail 4 Cancer respite opportunity by David, a friend of her father's, as he was so intensely moved by this little girl's bravery. It was shortly after her 10th birthday that Iona was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. From that moment she was almost completely hospital bound for the next six months. She was then ... Read more >

Iona Patient

We Had The Time Of Our Lives

When Wendy was recalled after a routine mammogram, she was not unduly concerned. Wendy had had lumps investigated before and they'd always been benign. She was therefore totally unprepared for the bad news. She had breast cancer and it had spread to her lymph nodes. Finding out on New Year's Eve 2009, shortly before she was due to go out ... Read more >

Wendy Patient
Mother and children on holiday

Chloe Was Orphaned At The Age Of Eleven

For a young child to have a parent diagnosed with cancer is very hard but to have both parents diagnosed is truly terrible. For young Chloe however, worse was yet to come.  Just two years after her mother died, her father also lost his battle against this cruel disease. She was left orphaned at the age of only 11. Chloe's ... Read more >

Diana Guardian

What You Do Is Amazing

Earlier this year Nicola, a mother of four young children, was given the devastating news that her illness was terminal. Having been referred to 4 Cancer for assistance by Nicola's health care team, we sent her and her family on a Center Parcs break. Commenting on her holiday, Nicola said: "Just to say what you do is amazing. Nothing would ... Read more >

Nicola Mother
Family sailing day - Sail 4 Cancer

You Gave Our Family A Wonderful Day Out

Isaac is being treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. He attended our VIP Family Day Out during the X-Yachts Solent Cup with his mother, father and older brother. Isaac's mother Fiona said: We really enjoyed our day on the 'Jenny M'. We thoroughly enjoyed watching the yacht racing before heading off to the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes for lunch. What ... Read more >

Fiona Mother

A Time To Reflect On Life

When Fran was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was the family's main breadwinner, so they knew it was going to be a tough time financially. Fran's treatment wasn't straight forward either as she had severe side effects, ending up in hospital with viral meningitis, a chest infection and shingles. In addition, she ballooned in size as a result of the ... Read more >

Fran Patient

You Put A Smile On My Son’s Face When I Wasn’t Able To

Tom is only 19 years old, but has had more invasive treatment and surgery for his colon cancer than most people will endure in a lifetime. His mother, Sarah, wrote to 4 Cancer to explain how low Tom was feeling, although he never complained about everything he was going through. We offered Tom the chance to achieve one of his ... Read more >

Sarah Mother

Beautiful Happy Memories For My Family To Remember

Jenni is a single parent with 3 daughters aged between 3 and 19, and a terminal diagnosis of maybe as little as a few months. She's also now registered disabled as a result of her cancer. Although she has sold her house and planned her funeral, amongst other things to help her girls, and tries to do as much as ... Read more >

Jenni Patient

Thank You For What Your Amazing Charity Gave Us

David had been living with cancer since 2001. He said his (now adult) children had spent much of their childhood with a Dad who was unwell - and obviously this also had an effect on the family’s finances, but they had struggled on. Then in 2013 with his cancer spreading to his bones and liver he was diagnosed as terminal. ... Read more >

David Patient