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Kayla Laisby - To show others how to support a friend whose family is affected by cancer - Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria

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Name: Kayla Laisby
Age: 16
Year of the Fix: 2015
Location: Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria
Campaign: To show others how to support a friend whose family is affected by cancer

When I was 14, my dad was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

At the time, I felt alienated by some of the people around me as they didn’t know how to talk to me about it.

They would treat me like a child, sugar-coating things and asking if I was okay all the time.

It made me feel like I was the one who was ill and I found it difficult to tell them how I was feeling.

I want to change this. With Fixers, I want to explain the effects of cancer on a family so that young people feel more comfortable talking about a sensitive subject.

Kiera Whittaker is helping me with this Fix.

Helen Adams, St Mary's Hospice

Senior Nurse, Helen Adams, supports my Fix. She agreed to be interviewed to appear in my broadcast film.


Faye Waites, South Lakeland Carers

Thank you to my support worker, Faye, for helping to facilitate this project.

September 2015

Following my broadcast on ITV News I received incredibly positive feedback from members of the public supporting my campaign. You can read some of these comments below.


'Wow! You are such an inspirational young lady.'


'This is so inspiring and honestly touching. Everyone should watch it.'


'Well done! Don't give up on what you're wanting to do.'

'This is truly inspiring.You've handled this with dignity.'


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