It is their relentless determination that helps us fund as much research as we can into skin cancer each year. As a charity we are determined to stop it stealing people's lives, health and confidence. We know nothing can bring back a loved one, or compensate for the worry of a skin cancer diagnosis, but we've seen first-hand how fundraising can be a way to bring something positive to an experience otherwise hard to make sense of.
As one fundraiser said to me:
"If I can help other people in my situation, if further research can provide a better understanding of the disease, a better treatment plan and a better chance of survival, if I can provide that hope for just one other person, then all of my hard work will be worth it."
I was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma when I was 18. Even though it was a shock to hear the word cancer at such a young age, perhaps I was lucky that I didn't really understand what it meant.
I caught it early and moved on with my life. Through my role at the British Skin Foundation where I work with other skin cancer sufferers every day, I now understand all too well how much more serious my diagnosis could have been. I naively thought there would be an array of treatment options available if I needed them, but this is an aggressive disease that we need to fight just as aggressively if we have a chance of beating it.
To hear the stories of a selection of the people, touched by skin cancer, who have helped us shape the It Takes 7 campaign, watch the video below.
Thank you for your support
Communications Manager at the British Skin Foundation