A tribute to groups who are fighting cancer

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By Una Murphy

Cancer touched my life when my dad, Thomas Murphy, died from pancreatic cancer late last year. For this reason as a journalist and a daughter of a cancer victim I wanted to mark World Cancer Day which takes place every February.

I was not really aware of this global initiative until cancer affected my life. World Cancer Day unites individuals and organisations in the fight against the cancer epidemic.

The good news is that cancer survival rates have doubled over the past 40 years.

But it is a disease that touches the lives of many as it is estimated that one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.

For that reason I have looked around at some stories including some fun events which all have fighting cancer as their theme and I will be sharing them in a series of articles on the VIEWdigital http://viewdigital.org news site in February. Many thanks to Victoria Poole and Sonya Cassidy for flagging up stories to me as well as the indefatigable Lagan Dragons https://twitter.com/LaganDragons, blogger Roisin Pelan https://fightingpantsareon.wordpress.com and Charis Cancer Care in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, which I am looking forward to visiting soon; here is a short video about their centre: https://youtu.be/jtcYSb9JHjg

Finally check out Belfast Singles Connection, who are raising funds to fight cancer through a Valentine’s night – social more information here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/singles-masquerade-night-tickets-41632206049

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