Juliette Camburn turned to Maggie’s when she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2004 aged just 27. As she recovered, she started fundraising as a way of saying thank you for all the support she had received – including taking part in Maggie’s Monster Bike and Hike and for a while even worked as part of our fundraising team.
She never thought, 10 years later, she would be visiting Maggie’s Edinburgh again, this time after her mum was diagnosed with cancer. Sadly her mum, Sue, died in January this year, but Juliette is determined to be inspired by her mum’s life by taking on her biggest challenge yet – to cycle round all UK Maggie’s centres in June.
Juliette and her partner Francis will cycle to 21 centres across the country from Inverness to London totalling around 1,600 miles and starting and finishing at Maggie's Edinburgh.
Maggie's for me is the calm in the medical whirlwind that you have to go through during cancer or supporting someone with cancer. Ever since first walking through the door at the Edinburgh centre in 2004, there has always been a smile, warmth, compassion and an understanding person to speak to, or a volunteer handing you a comforting cuppa.
It has been me and my family's refuge between appointments, while waiting for results or between having chemo or radio sessions. Somewhere we can go to make sense of all the technical and medical jargon and to get help making decisions. Somewhere to sit quietly reading a book, or having our packed lunch together, away from the clinical side of things.
Maggie's was there for me through my cancer diagnosis and sorting out my life after, they were there for me and my family during my beautiful mum's journey through cancer until the very end, and they are there for me now while I come to terms with not having my mum in my life.
Having raised money for Maggie’s before, deciding to create this challenge for myself feels like a really positive thing to do in my mum’s memory and will hopefully raise awareness and vital funds so more people across the UK can benefit from the comfort and support Maggie’s gives.
To sponsor Juliette on her epic cycle challenge, visit her JustGiving page.