A Thornton Heath mum raising money and awareness for a lesser known type of cancer hopes to boost her fundraising total with a sponsored walk.
Sue Ahmad has so far raised £2,660 towards a £3,000 target in aid of the head and neck cancer care at the Cancer Centre at Guy’s with a charity fundraising day at the Prince George pub last month.
The event included a bake off judged by Jairzeno from The Great British Bake Off, with arts and crafts workshops, a raffle and a karaoke.
Sue is now calling on locals to sign up for a sponsored walk in Thornton Heath Rec on Sunday April 24 which is a great opportunity to enjoy walking and meeting new people all while raising money for a worthy cause.
Registration is free and there is no minimum sponsorship but anything you do raise will be match funded so Guys Cancer Centre will receive double.
Registration is via eventbrite as organisers need to track numbers of walkers attending the event which starts at 11am.
No matter how old, young or fit you are you can do as many or as few laps as you like, every bit of sponsorship helps.
The entrance for the event table to check in for the walk is at the Carew Road entrance.
This event is sponsored by Thornton Heath Community Action Team
Sue underwent robotic surgery to remove part of her tongue after she was diagnosed with throat cancer.
She had noticed a lump in her neck and after being referred to the Cancer Centre at Guy’s, Sue was told that she had cancer in her lymph node. She required diagnostic throat surgery to identify the primary source of the cancer, which was found to be a 2mm tumour.
Sue then underwent state-of-the-art Transoral Robotic Surgery using a da Vinci robot to completely remove the cancer from the back of her throat (the oropharynx). She also required a neck operation to remove 43 lymph nodes, including the cancerous one, in March 2019. Following this, Sue then had to undergo a course of radiotherapy.
Her consultant Asit Arora, robotic head and neck surgical lead and European proctor for Transoral Robotic Surgery, paid tribute to the Thornton Heath mum: “I am so proud of Sue and it is a testament to her courage and bravery that she remains cancer free nearly 3 years following completion of treatment.
“It really is incredible to see Sue doing so much to support some of the pioneering work we are engaged in to help our patients beat Head and Neck Cancer. The fact that Sue has done so much fundraising to help patient care, having undergone treatment for head and neck cancer herself, is also a testament to her strength.
“I’d like to wish Sue and her family a heartfelt thank you on behalf of the entire team at the Cancer Centre at Guy’s.”
The money raised will go toward the recently announced Guy’s Head and Neck Cancer Centre, which brings together a diverse range of programmes to offer patients the best possible care. The centre aims to speed up the diagnosis for head and neck cancer patients and improve the ways they are treated for their condition by using the very latest surgical technologies to minimise side-effects, maximising treatment effectiveness and reducing rates of recurrence.
Some of the main focuses of Guy’s Head and Neck Cancer centre are around pioneering minimally invasive robotic surgery and survivorship; improving the long-term care for patients like Sue.
Sue said: “Much of life’s enjoyment is from speaking, eating, drinking and for many people who’ve been treated for head and neck cancer, those simple things are really badly affected. When I heard about the survivorship projects of Guy’s Head and Neck Cancer, I knew I wanted to fundraise and raise awareness of the ongoing care that people like myself need.”
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