Awareness Week 2008
21 - 28 June 2008
“Growing Pains”, Sports Injury or Bone Cancer?
Our first ever Bone Cancer Awareness Week proved to be a huge success, resulting in some great coverage across all major media outlets, from local newspapers to national TV. Our message highlighting the problems of delayed diagnosis of primary bone cancer reached a very wide audience throughout the UK and Ireland. We would like to say a huge Thank You to everyone who agreed to share their experiences with TV, radio and newspapers, and for all of your efforts to make the week such a triumph.
Along with the vast coverage we received in the media, many of you also organised fundraising and awareness raising events in the lead up to and during the week. These events included a Bed Push through Plymouth, the Anthony Pilcher Bone Cancer Trust Summer Ball, a coffee morning at the Leeds Cancer Unit, a fun day for staff at Virgin Management in London and sponsored runs in Leeds, Hamburg and Gloucester.
Early Day Motion
Here at BCRT we also made our first steps into the campaigning world by tabling an early day motion at the houses of parliament with the support of Dr Ian Gibson MP, the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer.
The EDM was:: That this House supports Bone Cancer Awareness Week from 21st to 28th June 2008, coordinated by the Bone Cancer Research Trust which promote research into the causes and treatment of primary bone cancer; notes that primary bone cancers take longer to diagnose than any other type of cancer in young people; recognises the vital and urgent importance of raising the level of awareness of the symptoms of primary bone cancer amongst medical professionals, in particular GPs, and the general public; and congratulates the Bone Cancer Research Trust which is working to raise awareness of primary bone cancer which affects over 400 children and young people every year in the UK.”
We received 82 signatures from MPs across all parties who we will now be able to approach in our efforts to get primary bone cancer higher on the government agenda when it comes to funding and services.