We wrote about Frankley resident Roz Barnwell previously, when she was nominated for an award for her blog about her experience of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, ‘kin Hodgkin’s

Having survived Hodgkin’s lymphoma, she is currently fighting off thyroid cancer. Despite this, the 29 year old is planning a tandem sky dive to raise money for the Lymphoma Association.

The following is a guest post from Roz, explaining why she’s attempting such a crazy feat!

If you’d like to sponsor her jump, you can do so via Just Giving

This year the Lymphoma Association are celebrating their 25th anniversary, and in honour of this, they are holding a number of events and challenges.I am taking part in one such event. 25 of us are going to be doing a tandem skydive and jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet. I can’t wait!

So who are the Lymphoma Association and what do they do?

Founded by patients in 1986, the Lymphoma Association is the only specialist UK charity that provides accurate medical information and support to lymphatic cancer patients, their families, friends and carers. They have a helpline which is manned Monday – Friday. They deal with over 5000 calls and 1000 emails per year, offering information and emotional support to anyone affected by lymphatic cancer.

It is the only specialist UK charity that provides accurate medical information and support to lymphatic cancer patients, their families and friends.

The Association runs a buddy scheme. Individuals concerned about issues relating to lymphoma can discuss them with another person who has been through a similar experience. This scheme, run by a senior member of the helpline team, puts callers to the helpline who request a buddy in touch with someone who has experienced a similar situation.  I am hoping to become a buddy when all my thyroid problems are sorted out. They also have regional support groups that are help on a regular basis where you can go and meet other people who are going through, or have already been through the same thing. They often have guest speaker there too.

These are just a few things that they do.

They have really helped me throughout the worst year of my life, and I want to give something back, so I want to raise as much money and awareness as possible!!

Roz Barnwell
* Read Roz’s blog, ‘kin Hodgkin’s
* Find out more about lymphoma & the Lymphoma Association
Read our previous post on Roz’s battle with lymphoma

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