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Paul Kaye from Chigwell has become a volunteer speaker for Macmillan Cancer Care
A retired man is turning personal tragedy into fuel for fundraising as he travels to schools and clubs delivering presentations on cancer care.
Paul Kaye of Vicarage Lane in Chigwell was diagnosed with bladder and kidney cancer in 1996, just three years after losing a 27-year-old niece to the disease.
Since then he has lost three close friends to cancer.
Each time, with each diagnosis, Mr Kaye says that he watched Macmillan nurses provide care and support to not only victims of the cruel disease but their families too.
In the run up to Breast Cancer Awareness Week Mr Kaye says that Macmillan nurses should be recognised and supported.
He said: “Whether it’s breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, cancer of any kind, Macmillan will be there.
“I watched the nurses allay the fears, the pain and the confusion of not just those suffering the disease but also as importantly I watched them assist the wives, children, friends and relatives emotionally impacted by the trauma of this experience.
“On each occasion a Macmillan nurse was there to add value to each day with humour, dignity and an understanding of the pain and turmoil that each individual was going through and they did this with a conviction and caring that defies belief.”
During his speeches, which he will soon begin, 64-year-old Paul Kaye hopes to deliver some shocking statistics to his audiences.
He will explain how 19 people in the county are diagnosed with the disease every day and that there are 2 million people living with cancer in Essex alone.
Mr Kaye will also reveal that there are only 130 Macmillan Professionals in the county, of which only 90 are nurses.
The purpose of Mr Kaye’s voluntary mission is to dispel myths about cancer care, encourage people to help and most importantly for him, to give something back.
He said: “I am retired and I have the time to do something.
“I want to let people know about what Macmillan do and what we can do to help them.”
For more information on Macmillan, visit http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Home.aspx.
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