Live Longer - October 09

Lynn Faulds-Wood at the start line of the walk

Lynn Faulds-Wood at the start line of the walk
Photo © Jo Cummins

Spotty the Dog - Lynn's Bowel Cancer Campaigns mascot - jumping for joy at the finish line

Spotty the Dog - Lynn's Bowel Cancer Campaigns mascot - jumping for joy at the finish line
Photo © Jo Cummins


Amongst the group of people we spent the evening with after Marco's concert at Westminster Cathedral was Jo Cummins, who had been active that day in supporting a walk for Lynn's Bowel Cancer Campaign, Live Longer Walk in Hyde Park. Jo, who has already done many things in support of this campaign has herself been a victim of bowel cancer. She was diagnosed at just age 32. Having survived it, she then had secondary cancer in the liver, followed more recently by secondary cancer in both lungs. She is now 36 and has survived several operations and repeated chemotherapy. She is an extraordinary bubbly personality and full of creative inspiration - she has shown great positivity in life threatening circumstances and she is concerned to help others through the campaign.

Cancer is a horribly familiar illness to us all. My dad's sisters Barbara and Diane and his father Jim all died of lung cancer. My partner Jo's father died of cancer at just 55 years of age and her mother Ann has survived breast cancer. Like Jo Cummins, Ann has devoted a great deal of time to a cancer charity, in Ann's case the support of Breakthrough, for which she managed to raise over 10,000.

I think it's commendable when those who have survived the grip of that illness reach out to reduce the suffering of others and to help save their lives.



 
Steve with Jo Cummins

Steve with Jo Cummins


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