Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) hosted the first global RBC Trade for the Kids event on Thursday 3rd May. The London arm of the event, which entered its second year, saw a portion of the day’s trading revenues from a selection of RBC’s Global Markets and Treasury & Markets Services donated to Teenage Cancer Trust and 5 other UK charities.
Eliza, 18, from London, spoke on the trading floor at the London event. She was 16 when she was diagnosed with bone cancer and was treated on a Teenage Cancer Trust unit. Eliza told RBC staff about how Teenage Cancer Trust supported her throughout her cancer journey:
Three weeks before my GCSE exams were due to start, I was told that I had bone cancer. I was taken straight to the Teenage Cancer Trust unit and began chemotherapy a few days later. Being on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit was the best possible environment to be in, the rooms are very open, so it allowed me to speak to other young people and make some solid friendships.
"I think that’s the key role of the charity," said Eliza. "They enable you to still feel like a teenager whilst you’re going through something that strips you of your adolescence and that’s a vital and incredible thing to do.
The Teenage Cancer Trust nurses were absolutely incredible and saved my life in ever sense of the word. I couldn't have got through it without them.
Dave Thomas, CEO, RBC Capital Markets, Europe said: “As RBC Trade for the Kids goes global, it is with great pleasure that we host RBC Trade for the Kids in the UK once again this year. It is an important day in everyone’s calendar, allowing our employees to understand and experience first-hand the vital work these charities do. This event allows us to give back to six incredibly deserving causes that resonate strongly with all our employees. We are grateful for the continued partnerships with the charities, our clients and our employees for their fantastic support.”
Right now, Teenage Cancer Trust doesn’t have enough nurses and can only support half of young people with cancer in the UK. The help of corporate supporters and events like RBC Trade for the Kids are crucial to fund more world-leading specialist cancer nursing care.