Hello from England!! In order to explain a little more about relationships between cancer patients and charity organisations in England, I would like to introduce the story about the young man who made many people in England inspired and cried.
The 15-year-old boy, named Stephan was diagnosed with the Stage 3 of colon cancer. He started to write his blog while taking various treatments.
The outcome of treatments was not so good, and because of his condition he had to faced to the reality that he might not to be able to go to the university and also had to give up all his future dreams. When he turned 16, he posted the list of 46 items which he wanted to do on his blog. The lists were a lot of things which an ordinal teenager wanted to do. For example, skydiving, having tattoos, watching the football game of the Premium League, hugging with animals bigger than him, and so on.
Once he had managed to complete his list of dream, he posted on his blog and tried to continue to achieve all listed dreams come true as long as his physical strength lasted.
One of his listed items was to collect donations of 1.5 million yen (apx.) for the charity organisation called “Teenage Cancer Trust”, which supports teenagers suffering from cancer. This does not mean that he could be rewarded from the donation. He just wanted to help the teenagers who suffer from cancer like him. Many people were moved by his generous charitable spirit and also inspired by his challenges that he had never gave up to try to achieve his 46 dreams.
His blog was spread immediately via SNS throughout England and he collected 450 million yen(apx.) donation to Teenage Cancer Trust within about one year. After three years later from that, he managed to achieve almost all of his 46 dreams, but unfortunately,his cancer had spread to his whole body and he died at the young age of 19.
Many people continued to donate even after his death. It seems that the organisation has collected the total donation of 850 million yen today.(apx.)
I think that not only Stephen’s action improved the awareness and knowledge of cancer in younger people but also many young people who suffer from cancer have been encouraged to fight with cancer.
In addition, I would like to emphasis that Stephen helped more young cancer patients to receive care and support from Teenager Cancer Trust by his donations which include a specialised nurse care, ward design for young people, cancer education for young people, and so on ( no fee required, provided by Teenager Cancer Trust ).
I hope this story helped to understand the relationship between charity organisations and cancer patients in England.
My name is Yumiko, I have been living in UK for 13 years.
I have the pleasure of sharing some information about the social welfare and care system, impacts of charitable organisations, and life of people with cancer in UK by through my work experiences and knowledge in Social Care in UK.
My mother has passed away in a few years ago in Japan, due to cancer. When my family and I were planing my mother’s end of care, I have encountered such a difficult experience comparing organising care, support and welfare for someone in UK. This is my reason that I would like to send messages and information about cancer from UK.
In order to discuss about cancer in UK, I looked into the population of cancer in UK. It was the top 22nd in the world. Comparing UK with Japan, it was reported that, in UK, the incidence of cancer was higher and the survival rate was lower.(Reported by WHO)
Now, I would like to focus on common feelings of living with cancer.
The following feelings have been listed on the research conducted in UK.
1. Mental fear, anxiety, worry
3. Lack of sleep
5. Loss of appetite
(Quoted from Macmillan Cancer Research)
The following feelings have been listed on the research conducted in Japan.
1. About treatments
2. Symptoms and side effects
4. Finance matter and Work
(Quoted from Shizuoka Cancer Centre)
Most feelings listed between UK and Japan are similar but “Finance matter and work concerns”, was not listed UK.The possible reason is that UK has better medical and social welfare systems than Japan. Which I have also experienced personally.
When I had had just arrived at UK for studying English, did not know anything about the medical and welfare in UK. Only I had heard was that the European welfare system is much advanced than Japan.
One day I visited the hospital for the first time.What surprised me was that medical fee was free.Of course, there was no the payment reception at the hospital.I still remember that I felt strange like I forgot something when I left the hospital directly from the doctor’s office.
Any required treatments for cancer such as operation, chemotherapy, and hospitalisation are all free.
It is unnecessary for cancer patients in UK to worried about any expenses for treatments,tests and the fee for hospital bed which people in Japan start worried about immediately after the diagnosis.
In addition to that, the social welfare allowance and employment for cancer patients are more considerably supported in UK than Japan.
In UK, Social security and welfare system protect fundamental life for all citizens. Nobody has never imagined which one day they may become homeless because she/he does not have any work, money or the house to live.
I would like to report more details about the social security and welfare in UK on the separate article in future.