A young cancer patient from Kettering is backing a cancer charity’s research into the disease’s impact on young people and their families.
Tom Preston, 22, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January 2011 and was confirmed in remission in August 2011. He knows first hand how devastating cancer can be.
CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, has published a report No Young Person With Cancer Left Out, which examines the impact of cancer on young people.
The report found that 54 per cent of the young people surveyed said they were not fully confident about preparing for job interviews after going through cancer while 61 per cent were concerned about how to disclose the fact they had cancer on an application form.
When Tom was diagnosed he was introduced to CLIC Sargent youth development worker, Rachael Ewing, and social worker, Tracey Biggs. He said: “My social worker and youth development worker did everything from giving me benefits advice to bringing me Easter eggs.”
Tom was treated at Nottingham City Hospital, meaning his family and girlfriend were spending hundreds on petrol a month. When he was finally able to come home, Rachael helped him apply for Disability Living Allowance.
Tom continues to undergo tests and the family is still being supported by the charity.
Tom said: “CLIC Sargent helped to make the unbearable a little more bearable.”
For more details go to www.clicsargent.org.uk.