Article: @MacMillan Cancer Support
June 21, 2017: The MacMillan Cancer Support is one of Britain’s oldest and largest charities offering support to anyone affected by cancer. Founded in 1911 by a young man named Daniel MacMillan after the loss of his father to the disease, MacMillan experienced how vital it was to have access to information involving treatments and their side effects, what financial help is available, and where to find immediate help in getting these resources.
Below is a video (shared from the website ) of their historic timeline from the beginning of MacMillan Cancer Support to present day, depicting how the charity has grown through the years:
MacMillan Cancer Support has been able to provide many people with the help that young MacMillan wanted for his father and the motivation for creating this kind of charity. Through the years, the charity has been able to grow and change as needed with more that is learned about the disease. According to the MacMillan Research Statistic Factsheet there are 2.5 million people in the UK alone living with cancer and a predicted estimate of 4 million by 2030.
Therefore, the continued support for information and research funded from volunteer help has never been more vital. Operating primarily by donations through very organized fundraising; (see our earlier articles about the generous volunteer work that Harry Styles’s mum, Anne Twist, has been doing for MCS), the MacMillan Cancer Support has been able to help more than 5.8 million lives dealing with cancer!
The charity helps those living with cancer by operating like a powerhouse source of the latest, most reliable and well-researched information involving cancer that’s available. Whether a person has just discovered the cancer or they are well into the progression of treatments, the charity joins the individual right where they are and continues with them on their journey.
It provides help in medical needs with nearly 4,000 specialized nurses experienced in the care of patients receiving cancer treatments and in palliative services. MacMillan also provides a Help Line by phone or website to answer any questions and offer a place to chat with others who are experiencing similar needs. MacMillan Cancer Support is able to support grants for medical research involving the latest development of treatments towards a cure for those who seek education coursework in that field.
MacMillan makes this statement about their belief on its website:
“Life with cancer is still life and we’ll help you live it. Right from the moment you’re diagnosed, through your treatment and beyond, we’re a constant source of support, giving you the energy and inspiration to help you take back control of your life, and feel more like yourself again.”
Here are just a few stories of the many ways MacMillan Cancer Support has touched lives: (shared from their site):
You can become involved with MacMillan in several ways; by becoming a volunteer to help at one of their centers, be part of an organizing event like Coffee Mornings and marathons, or through your own individual fundraising donations.
Ways to get involved start here