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Weʼre raising £400 to Of £60k to get Sarah Brigham the cancer treatment she needs

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
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A 'run' to me means a run through of the play.

A 'staggered run' to me and my companies means a stop/start, rough attempt at keeping the play going from start to finish.

Picture Newcastle. And me. Doing a 'staggered run' of the Great North Run and all its 13 miles.

Why? I'm doing this for BrigAid and NSPCC.

I've been passionate about making work that excites and ignites young makers, that sparks new ideas in young people who didn't think that theatre and theatre events were for them.

Through my work in partnership with charities like NSPCC and Barnardos I've seen the impact and difference first hand of the power, importance and necessity of bringing communities together to explore 'this thing we call life'.

The world is an ever changing, ever growing entity, and more than ever we need people (not robots!) who change the world for the better - especially for our children and young people.

Sarah Brigham is one of those people.

If you don't already know of this force of British Theatre brilliance, then please take the time to read about @SarahBrigham. Sarah is someone whose insight, vision & values has, and is, changing the landscape of work & field.

Meeting this great human in 2005 and sharing a passion for ambition & excellence for British & Young People's British Theatre was one of the most influential & defining kindred spirits moments of my career.

I will do all I can to help - including running The Great North Run.

Here's Sarah's story:

'As lots of you now know, our friend Sarah Brigham has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. She has a 6cm tumour in her trachea. The cancer is adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) and only two in a million people have this type of cancer. The cancer is slow growing but relentless, and so it’s important that it is stopped in its tracks as soon as possible.

The best way to treat Sarah’s cancer would be surgery. Unfortunately, due to the size and location of Sarah’s tumour, this is not an option for her. This type of cancer doesn’t respond to chemotherapy and has limited response to normal radiotherapy.

There’s no escaping the fact that this is all devastating. But in true Brigham fashion, she is dealing with it like a bad-ass superhero. The amount of research, questioning and chasing of medical professionals that Sarah has done, whilst coming to terms with all of this, whilst also running a theatre and continuing to support artists, young people, friends and colleagues around her, is admirable… incredible… unbelievable… (there is no word big enough here to sum up her response thus far to this outrage of an illness).

And she remains very much herself. To quote Sarah:

"On the positive side (there has to be one right!) I physically feel ok and I remain positive. If you see me you wouldn't know I have this 6 cm tumour in my windpipe. I’m still working, still laughing, still putting the world to rights and still talking in a broad Hull accent. So Cancer is not winning!”

But Sarah cannot and should not fight this on her own. Here’s where you all come in…

The best treatment option is Carbon Ion Therapy, which will hopefully stop the cancer from growing or spreading and may offer the best long term prognosis. But here’s the spanner in the frankly crappy works: this treatment is not funded by the NHS. Sarah will have to travel to Germany to receive the treatment, and to do this, she needs to raise £60,000. *Gulp* *Pause* *Gulp*

It’s a huge amount of money, but so many people have been in touch to say how much you want to support her, so we’re actually going to try and make this happen.

Sarah is aiming to start the treatment in June, however we have set a target to raise 60K in 12 weeks. Following that this page will be extended after the deadline if we need to continue raising funds.

Who knows what the next steps will be after Sarah’s treatment in Heidelberg, so please keep sharing and shouting. And as you’d expect, Sarah, in all of her generosity, has already started thinking about where she will donate any surplus funds to.

Team Brig-Aid assemble!

Much love and thanks,

Team Brig-Aid'

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  • Louie Ingham3 months ago
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    3 months ago
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  • Louie Ingham3 months ago
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    Louie Ingham

    3 months ago
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    Thank you Jack, Julie & Ben. Give us those pounds for pounding the pavements, folks. The run is in September, but the treatment Sarah needs is due to take place in July, so we're aiming for 4 weeks of fundraising. X

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  • Fiona Haslam

    Fiona Haslam

    Jun 4, 2018

    Well done Louie, and all the best Sarah x

    £20.00

  • Lucas Button

    Lucas Button

    Jun 1, 2018

    What a thing to be doing. Hope this helps. All my love, Lucas

    £20.00

  • Elayce Ismail

    Elayce Ismail

    May 21, 2018

    Good luck Louie!x

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 18, 2018

    Remember to wear good socks, take some jellybeans for that extra boost towards the end and good luck!

  • Lee Affen

    Lee Affen

    May 16, 2018

    'ard x

    £50.00

  • Annie McCourt

    Annie McCourt

    May 15, 2018

    Best of luck Louie! xxx

  • Helen Graham

    Helen Graham

    May 15, 2018

    Good luck Louie you will be great x

    £10.00

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Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

A 'run' to me means a run through of the play. A 'staggered run' to me and my companies means a stop/start, messy, rough attempt at keeping the play going from start to finish. Picture Newcastle. And me. Doing a 'staggered run' of the Great North Run and all its 13 miles.

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