Week 3 – Macmillan Cancer Support

Donate now via JustgivingEvery year we raise money for ISB during Ramadan, but this year we want to share this with four mainstream UK charities – causes that do some amazing work and are giving tirelessly to help and support people at the most difficult times of their lives. See the charities we are supporting this Ramadan.

“Thank you to everyone involved with the Islamic Society of Britain for supporting Macmillan Cancer Support. Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face, but nobody has to go through it alone. By supporting us, the Islamic Society of Britain is enabling the Macmillan team, from nurses to therapists, to be there supporting people affected by cancer every step of the way.”

“Currently in the UK, there are two million people affected by cancer, by 2030 that number will have doubled to four million. Our aim is to be there to support everyone who needs us. We rely on voluntary donations for almost all of our funding. Without amazing people like you choosing to support us, we couldn’t continue to do what we do. Thank you once again for choosing to support us.”

Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support

One in three of us will get cancer and it’s the toughest thing most of us will ever face. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has, you’ll want a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way. And that’s where Macmillan Cancer Support come in – they provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. Read more on Macmillan’s site.

Battling with cancer – would you want to stand alone?

Helen has had a long, tough history with cancer. Being diagnosed with one cancer is hard enough but over the past decade she has had five types – first, bowel in 1991, then breast, cervical, uterine, and earlier this year, skin cancer.

Not only has Helen had to deal with misdiagnosis, and the lasting side effects of treatment but also the massive impact cancer has had on her life affecting her relationships, friendships and her family.

This lasting impact was reaffirmed when she was confirmed as a carrier of a hereditary gene that increases her and her family’s chances of contracting these multiple cancers.

This threat of cancer returning is something Helen will have to live with for the rest of her life. Cancer doesn’t end once you’ve finished treatment and for Helen, Macmillan has been there every step of the way; from specialist nursing teams and counsellors, to the leaflets, websites and forums, Macmillan was there. And when her friends and family couldn’t cope and she felt alone, Macmillan was there.

Helen says: “My cancer journey has certainly been made that bit easier with the help of Macmillan. They provide so many ways in which we can learn to cope with our illness and they give support and advice on how to survive once the treatment is finished.

As Muslims we are taught that our bodies are given to us on trust by Allah and that it is our responsibility to do everything possible to look after them. Likewise it is our duty to seek out as much knowledge as we can. Macmillan gives us the opportunity to fulfill both of these obligations. I would urge all my brothers and sisters, especially in the Holy month of Ramadan when your sadaqa is returned many times over, to give what they can to support Macmillan and the great work they do

With your continued support Macmillan can be there for more people like Helen and their families. Please donate £15 to support their work.