Photo: Me and Janice Malone from MacMillan Cancer Care on Friday 1 February 2019 at Louie Brown’s Dalgety Bay Fife.
WORLD CANCER DAY – MONDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2019
Monday 4 February is World Cancer Day, a global effort to raise awareness of all types of cancer and to encourage prevention, detection, and treatment.
Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’,
World Cancer Day explores how everyone — as a collective or as individuals — can do their part to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.
One cancer charity, Sarcoma UK work to transform the landscape for everyone affected by sarcoma by raising awareness, seeking answers through research and providing information & support to the sarcoma community.
This World Cancer Day, show your support for those affected by sarcomas and cancer.
There are so many ways to get involved. Share your own sarcoma story with Sarcoma UK or with another cancer charity. Help educate GPs. Why not take up a challenge or why not make a donation. Whatever you decide to do,Sarcoma UK and other cancer charities are there to support you and your family.
My own cancer condition ; Malignant Myopericytoma is a cancer that is in the sarcoma grouping of cancer. Even though I was informed in November 2015 that I was 1 of 15 people worldwide with it, I have been told that the figure could even less and I could be 1 of 12 people worldwide with it!
Why not visit the World Cancer Day website at;
In October 2017 I had an appointment to see my consultant surgeon at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh for my routine appointment. My mate Stuart gave myself, Kirsty and Nathan a lift over. When we got there we were meet by a film crew from the BBC 2 Scotland programme. The crew were there to film me and the family and talk about how I am effected from my illness, chronic pain and depression.
Myself, Kirsty and Mr Walker all gave interviews to the film crew. I thought that Kirsty said one of the most valid points. Kirsty said, “What you have to remember is that Kevin suddenly just didn’t become ill with the tumour, Kevin has been battling illness for 12 years now.” It’s a line I need to use more often.
As I was travelling home after my appointment I received a phone call from the BBC. They were asking me if I could go into the studio to discuss my health live when the show was being broadcast. Due to how I was feeling I just couldn’t do it.
Then when it was time to watch Timeline, we all sat patiently waiting for the programme to come on. So we watched the film about me and then the shows presenters spoke to Janice Malone from McMillan Cancer Support. During the show, Janice was asked about cancer patients like me that have such a rare form of cancer etc, in her reply, Janice said that I should get in touch with her to see how the charity and myself can work together.
So I did get in touch with her, 2 years later. I finally met Janice on Friday 1 February 2019. I explained to her that I didn’t want to contact her straight away due to her being pregnant and I didn’t want to start something with her and that would have been on hold due to her going off on leave. Or, her maternity cover would then took over a piece of work that Janice originally started with me. So I decided to wait until she came back.
We have a very good meeting and there is some things that I will be doing to help with the work MacMilan do. It was a very worthwhile meeting and I am looking forward to working with her in the not so distant future.
PROG IN THE PARK
The arrangements for Prog in the Park are just ticking along nicely. Helping myself and Brian now on the technical side of things is my life long pal, Andrew McDonald. Andrew has years of experience working in the music industry. He is in a band himself and he has played gigs for well over 30 years now with various bands.
On Saturday 2 February 2019 we all met at the venue along with Nathan and Michael from The Sub Station, the PA company we are using. Just before Michael came along, we were having a coffee while Nathan enjoyed his juice and playing with his Nintendo Switch. When Michael arrived, Andrew got down to the introductions and Michael recognised me straight away. It’s been ages since the last time I saw him. I know his dad Mick and his uncle, the late Jim Brennan.
We had a right good look around The Glen Pavilion, even though I have been there for so many events in the past, you forget how big the venue is. I will be perfectly honest with you, when it comes down to the technical side of these things, its goes through one ear and right through the other! Some people might say that I am being ignorant, it isn’t that, it’s just not my ‘forte’. Never has, never will. Due to my history in political campaigning, campaigning in the trade union movement and all the fund raising I have done in the past, I prefer to stick to what I know best.
Nathan enjoyed himself, seeing around the venue and seeing what the various rooms that we will be using. But when he saw the main hall, he just had to play on the stage for a while. I was hoping that he was going to treat us all to a wee song, but he just wasn’t up for it.
However, Nathan did make an important message from the stage. To see and hear what Nathan had to say, then please click on to the link below.
You can buy tickets for Prog in the Park from: https://ticketlab.co.uk/event/id/1844
If you live in the West Fife area then you can also buy your tickets from:
The Little Shop of Heroes Maygate Dunfermline.
Remember that Prog in the Park is in aid of the cancer charities: Maggie’s Centre’s and Sarcoma UK. Why don’t you help us make a difference this World Cancer Day and go online and buy your tickets for this event? Not only will you see and hear some great music, but you will also be helping to raise awareness and funds for Maggie’s Centre’s and Sarcoma UK.
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