How I started crafting to start new cancer cures

4th December 2020

Lynda was devastated when she lost her beloved brother Steven to stomach cancer in 2011. Just one month later, she was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. Now 63, Lynda has been living with cancer for almost a decade – but that hasn’t stopped her from raising crucial funds for Worldwide Cancer Research in Steven’s memory, by making and selling hundreds of homemade cards.

And Lynda has made many more of her cards during lockdown — she has spent months isolating at home during the pandemic because she was at a higher risk of infection from the coronavirus as a result of her cancer type.

“Routine has been my saviour in lockdown. My husband and I have days for household chores, we set aside time to video-call our friends and family and I walk 2.5 miles on my treadmill every morning. And I’ve been getting crafty – a lot! I think if it wasn’t for the routine we built I wouldn’t have been able to get out of bed most days."

Having cancer is always an incredibly difficult and scary experience, but 2020 has been even more daunting for people like Lynda as a result of the pandemic.

News spread of the thousands of treatments and screenings cancelled or delayed across the country and the amount of cancer research put on hold across the world.

Understandably this caused Lynda, and many others, to worry about what the future holds for people with cancer. But amidst the worry, there was hope too.

“The world is a dark and scary place but look at what we can achieve when the world comes together! The brightest minds across the world joined forces to find a vaccine for the coronavirus. Imagine if we did that for cancer too – on a much bigger scale than we do already? It’s so important that we continue to make progress on all fronts, not just into one type of cancer – that’s why I support Worldwide Cancer Research.”