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doing Xtreme Storm Southport for Throat Cancer Foundation because help charity achieve goals

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  • Team members: Emma, Colin, James and Dave from Victoria Gym, Southport
  • Event: XTREME STORM SOUTHPORT, 20 Apr 2013

Throat Cancer Foundation

We offer information, support and community to those facing a throat cancer diagnosis, their carers and loved ones. TCF works to reduce future cases of cancer. This includes: funding research into prevention and cure, advocating healthier lifestyles and campaigning for universal HPV vaccination.

Charity Registration No. SC043439

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Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

The team and I are taking part in the Xtreme Storm challenge taking place in Southport on Saturday the 20th of April 2013. The challenge is a 18km course with 35 Xtreme obstacles (designed by ex UK forces). The obstacles include a swim in the lake, scaling the pier and an electric fence to negoiate (ahhhh!!).

Why am I subjecting myself to this? My husband, Aidan White, was diagnosed with Throat Cancer in 2011. He underwent gruelling surgery, radiotheraphy and chemotheraphy and thankfully is now cancer free.

As a 45 year old non smoker we were at a loss to understand how Aidan could have throat cancer. The consultant advised us that Aidans tumour was caused by the HPV virus. This is the same virus that can cause cervical cancer in females. Girls aged 12 are now offered the vaccine to prevent HPV. Boys are not. I think this is a big mistake. Throat cancer and other cancers related to HPV are on the increase. If a vaccine exists and at a cost of just £43 it could prevent others contracting HPV related cancers then for me this is a no brainer. The Throat Cancer Foundation are the driving force behind the campaign for universal HPV vaccination. Its goals are also to fund further research and to ensure a gold standard of care for the victims of throat cancer.

Any support you are able to give will help other sufferers and help protect future generations. 

So please dig deep and donate now.

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