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Hi, My name is Rosa. I'm 84 and a great grandmother. I have been told I have just months to live. I will not go quietly though. I want to make every second count. That's why, on October 14, I plan to leap out of a plane to raise much needed funds for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity in London. Funds raised will be used for future research into ovarian cancer in the hope that one day soon they will find a cure.
I’ve been a patient of the Royal Marsden since being diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in December 2013. It’s the second most common gynecological cancer and the survival rate is still low. There are approximately 7,000 women diagnosed every year in the UK alone, and under 43 per cent survive after five years compared with 87 per cent with breast cancer in five years, in England and Wales. Experts say this is partly because the majority of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed only when patients have symptoms when the cancer has spread.
I’ve been so impressed with the excellent standard of care I’ve received from the medical team at the Royal Marsden that when they told me I only had months to live I decided to help by doing a Sky Dive as I’m passionate about raising funds to help improve the chances of other women surviving this disease; despite the fact that I myself am dying.
The Royal Marsden has extended my life by two years. In that time I have experienced much joy including seeing my grandson get married, my granddaughter have her first baby, making me a great grandmother, my Australian granddaughter and grandson graduate from university and my daughter getting engaged to be married . Words cannot say how grateful I am. It’s been a wonderful gift from Professor Gore, his team and all the staff at the Royal Marsden. Despite the fact that I would normally be scared stiff to dive from a plane, I plan to take this one last leap because I can! I’m really excited about the dive and hope I raise sufficient funds to help future research for this terminal illness to really make a difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of other women long after I am gone.
Please help me raise as much money as possible to help the Royal Marsden beat this illness.
My Sky Dive will take place on 14th October, at Hinton Sky Diving Centre, Steane, Brackley, Northants, NN13 5NS
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