A group of patients at Derriford Hospital are taking on the Plymouth 10k challenge on Sunday 6 October in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.
The group will be joined by Lucy Figg, who has been part of the Teenage and Young Adult cancer service in the South West for two years.
Lucy’s role as a Teenage Cancer Trust Clinical Nurse Specialist at Derriford Hospital enables her to offer support and advice to her patients as they navigate through the many hospital appointments, investigations and cancer treatments. This support continues for up to two years after the young people have completed their treatment to help them transition to a life beyond their cancer diagnosis.
‘Being a teenager or young adult is already difficult, but can you imagine having to deal with cancer on top of everything else?” said Lucy.
“Young cancer patients in Plymouth can often feel isolated, so they are really excited to work together supporting the 10k team in any way they can.
“Whilst the primary purpose of this event is to raise awareness of the great work that Teenage Cancer Trust does for young people, the added benefit is the opportunity for our young people to realise and celebrate that a cancer diagnosis need not define them.
“Whether they are putting on their training shoes and running the race, or making a picnic for when we get over the finish line, each young person can bring something to the team.”
In addition to those running on the day, the group have engaged in planning meetings, coordinated a Whatsapp group, organised photography for the day, catering for a post-run picnic and a Virgin Money fundraising page which you can find here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=PlymouthTeenageCancerTrust&isTeam=true