Friday 18th May 2018
Nicola is joining Team Teenage Cancer this Sunday and hitting the streets for the Great Manchester Run 10k. Nicola works with young people aged between 13 and 17 in her role as a Youth Support Coordinator on our unit at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, supporting them from diagnosis through to up to two years after their treatment has finished.
This Sunday, the young people she works with will be Nicola's inspiration:
I am inspired by the young people that I work with every day, their determination and resilience is mind-blowing. I have the best job in the world and it is an honour to be part of their cancer journey.
Nicola's hard work makes a huge difference to the lives of the young people on the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital unit. Whether she's providing information, advice and emotional support, helping young people choose a wig after their treatment and organising peer support events, or putting on fun competitions and pizza nights, Nicola's dedication has a huge impact on a young person's experience of having cancer. She even took to the streets of Manchester recently dressed as a superhero for radio station Key103's #SuperheroDay!
Casey, a young person diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma, told us how Nicola supported her during her treatment, helping her regain her confidence when she was losing lots of weight and her hair:
I couldn't have got through the last year without Nicola. She was there for me in so many ways. My confidence was very low and she suggested I attended the Look Good Feel Better session. These workshops were a big confidence boost, as there were other girls who were in the same boat as me and it was an experience we got to go through together.
Training for the Great Manchester Run is hard work, but Nicola says her training journey has been minimal compared to what the young people she works with face every day:
It's my way of showing my support to the young people I work with by donning the Teenage Cancer Trust vest and facing my own training challenge.
Nicola will be joined on the Great Manchester Run by an amazing team of 225 Teenage Cancer Trust runners, including actress and ambassador Denise Welch - that's our biggest ever team!
We hope you'll join us in wishing Nicola good luck in her challenge to do even more to support the young people she works with - if you'd like to support her fundraising and help her reach her £250 target, please visit her JustGiving page.