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Thank you for visiting my fundraising page (please note links for BBC NWT clips, YouTube SusanWelch1Fund Campaign Video and Daily Mail Article at the end of my story) also follow me on twitter @SusanWelch1Fund

 

Simply, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2007, and in June 2010, the cancer metastasised and, as a result, I transferred from my local hospital to The Christie Hospital, Manchester, under the care of Dr Greg Wilson, a Consultant Medical Oncologist specialising in breast cancer. This hospital is the largest cancer centre in Europe and has been pioneering cancer research breakthroughs for over 100 years. I have had breast cancer in eight places in total i.e. breast, lymph nodes, both lungs, both liver lobes and spine and neck. I am currently in remission at present and hope to be for a long time.

 

The median life expectancy for metastatic (secondary) breast cancer is given academically as two years and nearly three years later, I am still here. In total, over the six years, I have had countless surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and anti-cancer drugs, as well as procedures to give me a better quality of life. I have lost my hair twice and have lymphoedema in my arm, as a result of breast cancer surgery.

 

Unilever, my employer, my work colleagues, friends and family have already supported me greatly in my journey, as has the care and dedication of my consultant medical oncologist, Dr Wilson and staff at “The Christie”. Also the bravery and skill of my consultant liver surgeon, Mr Sheen and staff at "BMI Alexandra Hospital". My Christian faith has also given me courage, beyond anything imaginable. This fundraising is an opportunity for me to help give something back, so I would very much appreciate any support that you can offer to The Christie Hospital Charity Trust. See below for more details.

 

My company has a saying “Small Actions – Big Difference”. Be a part of this, in life you never know what happens! I may be writing an update in the near future and asking for a revised target!

 

Yours most sincerely

 

Susan Welch

 

If possible, I would like to raise £150,000 for a research project into the investigation of the causes of arm lymphoedema, a common long term side effect of treatment for breast cancer. If it is possible to raise this much money, it could help to find effective ways to prevent or treat the problem. Amazingly, this is to me, apart from being not in remission, is the most distressing side effect to me and research into this condition, is very limited. It involves so much care and effort, forward planning, creative thinking, determination, in order to try to manage the condition. Sometimes this is not enough and pain and suffering occurs. Breast, Colon, CUP Fund CC 05101- Dr Wilson.

 

For my primary cancer treatment, I was looked after by “The Shooting Star” unit at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital. Thank you to all the staff there, as well as the Lymphoedema specialists who continue to treat me.

Link for BBC News North West Tonight, Clip on You-Tube (1.5 mins):-

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8rwRhQYDMlBSjlBvKtsj7A

Link for BBC News North West Tonight, Full piece on You-Tube (2.5 mins):-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSL4QPnTHCAYouTube

Link for SusanWelch1Fund Campaign Video on You-Tube:_

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFmBU33C7lk

Link for Daily Mail Article:_

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2284442/Breast-cancer-The-liver-operation-gives-breast-cancer-patients-new-lease-life.html

Updates 63

Thank you to Jamie standing outside the "Nags Head" pub Lavister, a donation of £10

29/01/14 13:41

Thank you to Hi - Impact Consultancy and Alan Thompson for organising a charity fund-raising raffle for my fund on the opening night of Hobbit 2 Total made with silent auction and raffle was £442.57 !

03/01/14 22:08

The final total amount recorded by Chris Loxley's mammoth bike ride, from Manchester to Blackpool and back again, has tallied as £370. Amazing, since publicity and sponsors were found within a matter of days!! Well done Chris x

06/11/13 20:34

£200 cheque to this fund from sponsors of Chris Loxley's Manchester to Blackpool and back again ! Mammoth Bike Ride

06/11/13 20:10

Donation from anonymous Best Wishes

06/11/13 20:08

Raising money for

The Christie

The Christie

Charity Registration No. 1049751

The Christie Charity raises funds to help provide additional services and undertake vital research for our cancer patients. As one of Europe’s leading cancer centres, treating more than 40,000 patients a year every penny really does count.

Donations 106

Worthwhile Cause! Good luck with your fundraising.

Donation by Bridget Jones bjj1212 on 02/03/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Dear Susan. What a great idea. Lymphoedema does cause a lot of misery yet so little is known about it. I'm sorry you have had to go through so much. Best wishes

Donation by Liz (Sleeve Stars) on 10/01/14

£10.00

Happy Christmas Susan, enjoy :-)

Donation by Julia on 23/12/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Hi Susan, Thank you so much for contributing to our new cancer guide. It's now available to download on bupa.co.uk/beyondcancer Best wishes

Donation by Bupa on 05/12/13

Fighting the same fight. You are an inspiration to us all - keep doing what you're doing!

Donation by Ron & Helen Morris on 27/11/13

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Best Wishes from Viv and Charlotte

Donation by Anonymous on 13/09/13

Best Wishes from Christine

Donation by Anonymous on 04/09/13

Very Best Wishes from Patsy Turner and Bill Brizell

Donation by Anonymous on 22/08/13

best wishes for this xxx

Donation by Elaine C on 22/07/13

Good luck Chris - especially for such a great cause. Wishing Susan the very best too !! Best wishes, Phil.

Donation by Phil Ryan on 19/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

About time!

Donation by John Walsh on 19/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Sue, it was really good to talk to you today.

Donation by Phil Moore on 16/07/13

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Chris Thank you so much for doing this 130 mile bike ride in aid of my fund and "The Christie" Cancer is hard to live with but so is this condition for many sufferers Thank you on behalf of them

Donation by Susan Welch on 13/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

In support of Chris Loxley's cycling effort (even though 120 miles is just a training ride !) for the great cause Susan is fund raising for. All the best!

Donation by Anonymous on 12/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Go for it Chris - 130 miles should be nothing for a man such as you! And "Hi Sue"!

Donation by Rob Chatfield on 11/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Fantastic work Sue! You are truly amazing.... I could only hope, that I would have a fraction of your drive, determination and vigour for life! We hear your laughter even when you are poorly xxx

Donation by Anonymous on 04/07/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 28/06/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Our thoughts are with you all

Donation by Mrs Catherine Liddle on 09/06/13

Good luck from Allan

Donation by Anonymous on 09/06/13

You are the most inspirational person I've ever met. With your courage, drive, and spirit you set an example to all of us.

Donation by Jean-Paul on 08/06/13

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In loving memory of George Miller, from Anne Nixon x

Donation by Anne Nixon on 06/06/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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In loving memory of my darling brother in law, George Miller. Margaret and John x x

Donation by Margaret Parry on 06/06/13

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

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I met Susan at The Christie when I was having my treatment for breast cancer. She is clearly inspirational - an amazing woman

Donation by frances potter on 04/06/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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In memory of Uncle George - a warm, kind man who made us feel like part of the UK family whenever we visited from NZ. Love from NZ Colyers

Donation by Fenella Colyer on 01/06/13

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In Memory of My Uncle George Miller. Who has been an inspiration in his battle with cancer. God Bless as Uncle George used to say xxx

Donation by Susan Welch on 30/05/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,087.31
  • Offline donations£6,213.37
  • Text donations£11.00
  • Total raised£9,311.68
  • Gift Aid£680.00

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