- Fri, 2012-06-15 10:27
Guest Post by Rahul Mistry
Nowadays, there are very few of us who have not been touched by cancer in some way or another. Be it the suffering of a loved one or comforting a friend who is in a similar situation, it is a terrible part of life. In association with companies like musicMagpie, you can help to make a difference to young cancer patients.
We all have CD’s, DVD’s and computer games lying around the house which we don’t use anymore. Did you know that you could free up some room on your shelves and help the Teenage Cancer Trust in the process? If you sell CD's, DVD's and games with musicMagpie, the Teenage Cancer Trust will receive the total amount for each item. So, why not learn more about the trust and make a difference today?
The Teenage Cancer Trust
This is a charity which, for 21 years, has been dedicated to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults suffering from cancer. There are 6 people between the ages of 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer every day, and Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving their quality of life and chances of survival. The Trust creates specialist units within NHS hospitals to treat young cancer sufferers with specialist help, no matter where they live.
Young sufferers have provided feedback to the Teenage Cancer Trust about what they want, and they include the following:
• Rapid access to cancer services offering accurate diagnosis and a competent assessment
• Clear and accurate information
• Evidence based treatment with access to clinical trials
• The best chance of survival with the least possible physical cost
• A high standard of age specific facilities
• Access to staff that understand them and their needs
• Peer support
• Psychological, social, educational, and employment support
• The best treatment as close to home as possible
Although not specifically a research charity, the Trust does have a research element. Among the most recent of these is the funding of the first Professor of teenage Cancer Medicine. The aim of this funding is to improve diagnosis, treatment and survival rate. Other initiatives include dealing with the delays involved with the diagnosis and treatment, and the managing of symptoms by mobile phone. An advisory panel has been in place since 2008, consisting of over 20 specialists who span a variety of fields covering the treatment of teenagers and young adults. The Trust also works in conjunction with the National Cancer Research Institute to provide further input.
Education is another issue tackled by the Trust. Raising young people’s awareness of the key issues is important in enabling them to help understand how cancer can affect people, and help to deal better with the situation. Educational talks seek to empower young people to spot the early signs of cancer, and to help young people to make positive choices about what they eat, the amount of exercise they get, and other factors which help reduce their risk of contracting cancer.
The policy of the Trust is to fund and develop facilities for young people with cancer across the UK. Improving Diagnosis and outcomes are key to this process. In order to achieve these objectives, the Trust work in conjunction with organisations such as musicMagpie, along with politicians, civil servants and other charities, in order to assure that young people with cancer receive the diagnosis, support and treatment which will improve their lives.
How You can Help: Donate CD's, DVD's and video games
By visiting musicMagpie, you can enter the barcode of your CD’s, DVD’s and video games, and receive a value for each item. After completing the order form you will be able to donate the total amount to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Once musicMagpie receive your goods, your payment will be made, and the total amount of your order will be donated to what I am sure you will agree is a very worthy cause. All items must be originals and be in the correct case, and not damaged.
Help make a difference to a young person’s life by looking round the house for those discs that you never use. Things you no longer use or need can become another young person’s treasure.