World Cancer Day 2015

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On World Cancer Day 2015, we wanted to share some of the ways staff and volunteers at Marie Curie help people living with terminal cancer get the most they can from life in the time they have left.


How Marie Curie helped Nin and Don enjoy a final family Christmas


Sue’s parents, Nin and Don, had been married for 59 years. In 2009, the family was devastated when Nin was diagnosed with lung cancer and when, later Don was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer. With the help of Marie Curie Nurses, Sue was able to bring her parents home to spend their last Christmas together as husband and wife, surrounded by their loved ones. Read the full story


Please knock, cat in room


All the staff and volunteers at our nine hospices strive to treat people as individuals, with their own particular needs and wishes. Those wishes can include wanting to see a much-missed family pet. Susan Brown’s mother Shirlie was cared for as an inpatient at the Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast. As Susan explains, Shirlie loved being able to see her cat, Buffy, while she was at the hospice. Read Shirlie's story


 "The Marie Curie Helper service is the best thing to happen to me in a very long time"


Michael Rugman was diagnosed with bowel cancer the day before his 47th birthday. Both his family and work friends found it hard to cope with his cancer diagnosis and Michael found himself feeling very much alone. However, once he was matched with Marie Curie Helper volunteer Danny, Michael’s outlook on life completely changed, and Danny has provided him with vital companionship at a very difficult time. Read Michael and Danny's story


“Our Marie Curie Nurse became part of the family”


Zoe Ryder has been collecting for the Great Daffodil Appeal since Marie Curie Nurses cared for her dad Leslie in the last few weeks of his life. “It was really wonderful,” says Zoe. “It meant that I could nurse Dad during the day. And the nurses were there overnight so I could sleep. One or two of the nurses came to Dad’s funeral, which was rather lovely. After that, we got in touch with the charity fairly quickly and said we wanted to collect for the appeal." Read Zoe's story on our website


Support Marie Curie on World Cancer Day


Marie Curie is here for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. We offer expert care, guidance and support, free of charge, to help them get the most they can from life, in the time they have left. Visit our website to donate or, if you have an hour or two to spare, why not sign up to collect for the Great Daffodil Appeal this March?