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“I wouldn’t be here right now if it wasn’t for Marlies” 

Hiral was 21 when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, and was treated at the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at UCLH. Youth Support Coordinator Marlies helped Hiral during her chemotherapy and when she became very ill while on maintenance treatment.

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

“Doctors shouldn’t tell patients they have a ‘good cancer’” 

Chloe, from Scunthorpe, was 20 when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Charlene, a Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Coordinator, helped Chloe realise that it was OK to ask for support and introduced her to other young people in the same situation.

 thyroid cancer

“Rob helped me come to terms with everything – you can’t put a price on that” 

Amir, from Cheshire, was 14 when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. During his treatment, he was supported by Rob, a Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Coordinator, who also enabled him to sit his exams in hospital.

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

“Playing guitar and singing again was an amazing feeling.” 

Ruby was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2019 and had treatment on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit in Leicester through lockdown.

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

“Because of Teenage Cancer Trust, I realised that I wasn’t alone.” 

Egon, who lives in London and is originally from Brazil, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2017, and has been supported by Teenage Cancer Trust throughout his treatment.

brain tumours

Tyreese, Telford 

"Being on a unit with other young people was great as everyone is so friendly and we supported each other."

Bowel cancer

Eddy, Leeds 

"Finding out you have cancer when you're 20 is absolutely terrifying."


Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL)

Ammarah, Walsall 

"Because they did so much for me, I wanted to raise some money for Teenage Cancer Trust to say thank you."

Hodgkin lymphoma

Grace, Cramlington 

"It helped having friends going through similar experiences as they knew what was happening to me and I didn't have to explain things."

bone cancer

Dionne, Devon 

"Last Christmas was a really difficult time for me. It was my boys’ first Christmas, so I’d wanted it to be really special for them but I was so poorly that I couldn’t even eat my Christmas dinner."

bone cancer