Every year, more than 40,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West.
To generate awareness of cancer and its residual impacts on those involved, campaigning continues across the city following World Cancer Day, which was on 4 February this year.
Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care, The Movember Foundation and Anthony Nolan for the first time joined forces in a collaborative campaign to share knowledge, challenge perception, and raise money.
The organisations are calling on people across the region to purchase a Unity Band: a unique wristband designed in the respective colours of each charity, to show solidarity and togetherness in the face of cancer.
As the home of Europe’s largest single site cancer centre, The Christie, Manchester has long been a hub for cancer treatment and support. Cancer Research UK spent around £20m on pioneering research in Manchester last, corresponding directly with both the Christie and the University of Manchester.
Support for the campaign has already appeared in the form of local celebrities, Vernon Kay and Paddy McGuinness, and has continued to grow nationwide as the movement gathers momentum.
‘We Can. I Can.’ is the adopted tagline for this year’s campaign; promoting how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can reduce chances of cancer and approach the reality of disease in a mindful manner.
All proceeds raised from the Unity Bands, which have a recommended donation price of £2, will go to the charities, so they can continue their work in to helping transform the lives those affected, and accelerate the progress in finding a solution.
TNT Health James Skipper