Andrea from travel link has done a lot for me, she has booked hotels and holidays for me and was also kind enough to donate a hotel room for one of my stays in Frankfurt when I was having treatment. I have given her todays blog to let people know about how she supports mesothelioma charities and why.
In October 2008 my world fell apart, After months of various tests, my Dad was diagnosed with Mesothelioma.
I felt at the time of diagnosis that there was absolutely no hope and that my Dad would be taken away from me without a fight. The diagnosis itself was devastating, and we all felt crushed. After the initial shock I vowed to try to make a difference by raising funds and awareness of Mesothelioma through my own travel agency Travel Link by donating money from each of our bookings to a Mesothelioma charity. To date we have raised £2060, but had wanted to raise a lot more.
My Dad responded well to his chemo, but in August 2011, after 3 years of an almost normal life my Dad was diagnosed with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer in his ‘good lung’. This was followed quickly by another round of chemo which he has recently finished. Again he is doing really well.
Unfortunately, the fundraising didn’t go as well as I had hoped for and it really has been a long hard battle to even get quotes through the door.
I am now trying again to raise awareness and funds via Travel Link and am updating our facebook page with offers and information about funds raised. I have 4 main charities that I wish to help. The Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund, J.H.M.R.F, Mesothelioma UK and Debbie's 'soon to be' new charity.
My inspiration is my wonderful Dad who is incredibly brave, and also my fabulous friend Ms Debbie Brewer , who is in my eyes is a life saver; she is the one who gave me hope when there was none, and she has been there for me ever since. Every time I have needed her no matter what troubles she is facing herself, she is always there with her shoulder for me to cry on . For that I am eternally grateful.
In my own small way I want to make a difference and want to raise funds so research can continue. One day maybe there will be a cure so that no family will have to go through the horror of what we and many other meso warriors have been through.
We, through Travel Link pledge to donate a minimum of £5 for every booking made through us. I will also be doing fun runs to help raise money too!
To help us make a difference and raise money to raise awareness of Meso, to support those affected by Meso and to help fund research, please help spread the word.
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