THE ROY CASTLE GOLD AWARDS

Due to a new diagnosis of cancer in the gullet, I won’t unfortunately be able to attend this years National Supporters Meeting in Birmingham. But I would like to put a proposal up for discussion.

Over the years I have been very fortunate to have survived SCLC in 1993 (chemo and radiotherapy) and then NSCLC in 2007 (lobectomy). Hearing my story has helped inspire many others, especially in our support group. In my many years of experience, the gift of hope is very influential for coping and survival. I propose that that the charity holds an annual award ceremony to publicise and introduce long term survivors It would give patients and carers an opportunity to mix and talk to survivors, while providing a glimpse of much needed hope. After watching the Olympic success I thought it would be innovative to adopt its award ceremony to highlight a much needed postive side of lung cancer.

PROPOSAL;

Gold Survivor Awards

Every year new nominations are taken from long term lung cancer survivors with the longest survivor plus two runners up being selected for each category.

SCLC + NSCLC

GOLD AWARD To longest survivor

SILVER To first runner up

BRONZE To second runner up

SCLC

GOLD AWARD To longest survivor

SILVER To first runner up

BRONZE To second runner up

NSCLC

GOLD AWARD To longest survivor

SILVER To first runner up

BRONZE To second runner up

The awards could be extended to include anyone who has made an exceptional contribution to the charity. As well as giving everyone the opportunity to chat with the recipients , the charity could do full length features on the winners and runners up, both for the attendees and in the charities magazine? Everybody enjoys an inspiring and informative good story.

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  • Hi Robert

    Sorry to hear your news. I hope you can get it sorted out with the minimum of stress etc!

    Your proposal will give us something to discuss in October, but it would have been much better if you were there to make it in person!

    Best,

    Bill

  • Hi again Bill

    I have just started my scans and tests, so have no idea how bad it is until all have been completed. I don't think it is possible for me to make it in early October, so I can't commit myself as being available. Hope my comments can provide a lively discussion, you and Eric can fight my corner for me. I will leave the proposal in both your very capable hands. Sorry I will miss the opportunity of seeing you and having a catch up blether, but look forward to next year.

    Have a great time with no fisticuffs please

    Will miss everyone

    Regards

    Robert

  • Thanks Robert. Take care!

    Bill

  • Hi Robert, very sorry to hear about your news. My mother-in-law was diagnosed with the same thing last year. She had surgery, chemo & radiotherapy and I'm pleased to say she has now been given the all clear. I'll pass your idea on to the conference team and see if we can find a slot to discuss it. You may be aware we launched a new awards ceremony earlier this year & it may be we can incorporate it into that. Best of luck with everything and let us know if we can do anything to help. Emma

  • Thanks for that Emma

    Problem I have is that my kidneys were very badly damaged by the strongest chemo available in 1993, so chemo might not be an option. I will just have to wait for the results of my scans and hear what the specialists say.

    But a very well done,to your Mum.

    I just love to hear good stories.

    Much appreciated

    Robert

  • Hi Robert, I am fairly new To this site, however, I would just like to say well done for coming through your previous diagnosises and I wish you all the best for this latest one!

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