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Becki M

Becki M

Name: Becki McGuinness
Age: 25
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Southfields, London
Campaign: To provide emotional support for those affected by cancer

I know what it is like to face cancer, and I feel there isn’t a great deal of emotional support available for the patients, or their family and friends.

 

There is plenty of medical advice around, but maintaining the mental well-being of cancer patients and their loved ones is just as important.

 

I was diagnosed with the bone cancer osteosarcoma in 2008 but am now in part remission. During my time being treated for the disease, I found that using artwork and poetry helped me cope and prevented emotional stress building on top of me.

 

With the help of Fixers, I’m putting together a book of poems and illustrations to be created by those who have been affected by the disease. The book will also contain links to support and further information.

 

I want to distribute my book to young people and adults, and I hope that my Fix will work as a coping mechanism.

 

I want people to understand that they are not going through cancer alone.

Here is a list of Fixers who have helped me with my Fix:

 

Karly McCaig

Katie Harris

Linda Gyamfi

Michelle Lopez

Ninni Valo

Rebecca Thomas

Rosie Benn-Squire

Marc Woods, Paralympic Gold Medallist

Marc Woods supports my Fixer project. He said: 'I’m delighted to be able to support this book and the good work it does.'

 

Richard Whitehead, Paralympic Gold Medallist
Richard Whitehead has contributed to my booklet and supported my blog, Coping With the Big C.

 

Beauty UK Cosmetics
Beauty UK Cosmetics have supported my Fixers project. They have provided me with free nail varnishes to give out with my booklet.

 

Dr Sandra Strauss

My oncologist supports my Fixers project and has written a message to go on the back of my booklet.

 

The following people have also supported my Fix, by contributing poems or illustrations for use in the booklet:

 

Carly Sussman Wayne Chisnall Acacia Warwick
Mandy Davidson Peter Daintree Neil Bradman
Kester Brewin John McGuinness   Marian Dunn
Charlotte Newman Aaron Miller Melanie Bamert
Dan Broadbent Thom Norman Tim Eastwood
Mel Charles Sarah Galley Dan Evans
Victoria Goldsmith Jenny Jackson Amie Hill
Emma Lownsborough   Jason Brooks David Kirkwood
Laura Salma  

 

October 2013

I represented Fixers at international auction house Christie’s staff quiz night. I spoke to the employees about the booklet I produced with Fixers. You can read it below.

 

Me at the Christie's staff quiz night representing Fixers

 

My book, campaign, and links to my blog were featured on the Community Channel. Click on the image below to read the full piece.

 

 

July 2013

An article about my campaign was featured in the Wandsworth Guardian. Click here to read the full article.

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