Ann. (RIP 25.10.2018A.D.)
A few years ago my Daughter Megan wanted both of us to run for Cancer Research, I said, “OK,” then I realized it would cost me £25 it turned out I had to pay £15 for myself and £10 for Megan! I was shocked, I was skint at the time, £25 was a lot of money. I decided as A few years ago, my daughter Megan wanted both of us to run for I’d already paid SO much that I wasn’t going to ask anyone for sponsor money, as Cancer Research had already forced me to give them £25.
The day of the run, walk and jog was an amazing day. We all had names on our backs who we were running for, for me it was Jennifer a young Mum who’d died of cancer. I’d known her all her life, she left three young children. It was emotional before the race, reading some of the names on the backs of the others in the Race For Life.
I chose to walk, Megan chose to run, it was very well organized the three groups of people did not mix or meet.
Before the race there were various tents, the one with the longest queues was the one to give money to cancer research! They must have easily raised a million pounds that day including the sponsor monies of those who were there. When I went back home, I emailed Cancer Research and told them, “I will not ever give money to Cancer Research again, as I had to pay you to run the race.” When I found out you had to pay to run, I told lots of people, who too didn’t know!
Just like you, I too know those who have died with cancer, and an awful death it is too, the Person you love and know sometimes go very thin or put on a lot of weight.
There was an article in the paper, a few years back of someone in the ‘know’ and he’d said, “They have found a cure for cancer, but they are making too much money from it…..” I am inclined to believe this statement. This is my opinion, which I’m entitled to, just like you are entitled to your views too.
At the moment I know two Mums who have cancer. They are the nicest people you could ever meet. They are about thirty years apart in age, they do not know each other.
I just want to mention the younger Mum, she is thirty-three years old and has a child. I went to school with her Mum, who IS the sweetest soul I’ve ever met! She IS beautiful, inside and out. Her Daughter Ann has cancer. Her family and friends have started a Go Fund Me to raise money for her, she needs a staggering £85,000 the money raised so far is £50,000 one person gave £2,000 in total 596 people have given.
Ann was poorly then she got better, then the latest update the cancer has now spread to her bones, pelvic and brain! She is in a lot of pain! What, is worse than pain?
This week when Megan and myself heard about the update, we were talking about Ann, her pain, the monies still needed to be raised, Megan made a good point, she said, “Why can’t the Cancer Companies give her the £25,000 she still needs?” I said, “Because she is not well known, and her plight is not on the news, local or national.” It does seem sad, with all that money given to them by desperate people, who have seen loved ones die because of cancer, that the millions raised all over the World, that they can’t give to the Living, who are suffering with cancer now. It feels like a helpless situation.
Megan asked me, “What would happen to the £50,000 raised if Ann didn’t make it?” I replied, “I assume it would go to Cancer Research,”
I went to a funeral this year of a lovely grandmother, she too had died from cancer, devastating her family. Another family member wanted to know if Paul and myself would give money to buy a wreath, as that would be from four different families, I wasn’t keen as I would rather put some money in an envelope with the sympathy card. Thankfully just a few days later, it was suggested by the grandmother’s Husband, that at the funeral there would be a collection for the hospice where she spent her last days, she had liked it there. So, I was happy to give my money to the Living, so they could be comfortable in their last days. We four families gave to this special place, a lot of money was raised.