Mark started coming to Maggie’s in 2014 when he was first diagnosed with Melastatic Melanoma, an advanced Skin Cancer. He first accessed our support on Christmas Eve 2014, when a CT scan showed that he had developed multiple brain tumours.
I walked out of the hospital, through the door of Maggie’s and the Centre Head mopped me up. I spent the next hour in bits as she helped me make sense of what was happening to me.
Mark and his family have since spent a lot of time at Maggie’s and continue to access the services we provide.
Whatever the cancer throws at me, knowing that Maggie’s is there, that I can just go and say ‘help’ whenever I need to; it’s invaluable.
During his recovery, Mark has made an effort to stay active and he goes on regular bike rides with his cycling group, ‘Handlebar Must Dash’.
Our mission statement is very simple; it’s to find the best cream tea in Nottinghamshire.
After experiencing the support that Maggie’s provides, both Mark and the other members of ‘Handlebar Must Dash’ decided to take on a challenge in 2018.
Maggie’s has been with me every step of the way. Where I’m at now on my cancer journey is trying to give something back.
To raise funds, Mark and his group organised their own Maggie’s to Maggie’s challenge, which involves cycling from one Maggie’s centre to another. Mark chose to ride from Maggie’s Manchester to their local centre here in Nottingham.
Reflecting on last year’s cycle, Mark said;
I’m indebted to those lads for giving up their time and for making it such fun.
The group raised over £2,000 through their Maggie’s to Maggie’s challenge, and they enjoyed it so much that they are organising another one this year. The group are planning to cycle to Nottingham from our new centre in Leeds which is due to open in the summer.
Inspired by Mark? We’d love to help you plan your own Maggie’s to Maggie’s this year. Please contact us on 0115 924 6211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.