An audience gathered in central London recently to hear about how cancer affects the community and to share testimonies of their personal experiences.
Radio personality, Angie Greaves, joined forces with Shiloh PR and Merite PR, at The Cumberland Hotel, recently to launch the Feeling Fab – Cancer Awareness Event. Aimed at shining a light on how people from the African & Caribbean communities have been impacted by the illness, the event featured talks by a range of people, all touched in some way by cancer.
BBC London Radio presenter, Eddie Nestor, spoke about being diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2007, recovering from treatment and celebrating being fit and healthy six years later.
Speakers also included 24-year-old Bianca Brown, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment and is using her Instagram page ‘The Cancer Diary’ to document her journey.
“The event was both heart-breaking and heart-warming at the same time.” Said one guest, “I met some truly inspirational people and I learnt a lot”.
Following a series of heartfelt testimonials from guests, MacMillan Cancer Trust, the recipient charity, spoke about the services that they provide and the work that they are doing with the government to ensure that people with and affected by cancer are appropriately supported by all the relevant service providers.
“Statistics show that the death rates among African-Caribbean Cancer sufferers are much higher and the age of diagnosis is younger than in other races, despite the fact that actually contracting Cancer is less prevalent among this group,” said the organisers.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to the MacMillan Cancer Trust. For more information about cancer, contact: MacMillan www.macmillan.org.uk