A young cancer survivor from Magheralin and her mother are urging people to show their support for cancer patients as momentum builds towards World Cancer Day.
Lisa Costley (24) and her mum Lynn are calling on men, women and children to take a small action by purchasing a Cancer Research UK ‘Unity Band’ and wearing it with pride to create a show of collective force on February 4.
Lisa, a strength and conditioning coach with SINI had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia when she was about to start nursery school.
She spent 11 months in hospital, but today this sports mad girl has made an incredible recovery and her positive outlook has no doubt played a big part in her recovery.
Mum Lynn said: “I was devastated when Lisa was diagnosed with cancer but thanks to research and treatment, she is still here today, leading a very busy and fulfilling life. That’s why I’m backing Cancer Research UK and encouraging everyone to get a Unity Band now.”
Every hour, someone in Northern Ireland is diagnosed with cancer and with cancer incidence set to rise steeply by 2030, there’s still much more to do to ensure no-one’s life is cut short.
Lynn added: “I am so grateful for the treatment that saved Lisa’s life.
“Now I want to do everything I can to urge people to fight back against this devastating disease.”
The Unity wrist band is made of two parts which form a knot to represent strength in unity. They are available in a range of colours from all Cancer Research UK shops for a suggested donation of £2.
World Cancer Day is marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to promote its prevention, detection, and treatment.
To find out more visit www.cruk.org/worldcancerday or search #WeWillUnite