Like Paul, and too many others that we know, my beautiful husband also died of cancer. His was a brain tumour, he was 36, and we were never given the hope of his survival.
The truth about cancer is that it may defeat the human body, but it need never defeat the human spirit. Or love. I know this first-hand. And it’s because of this that when I first met Paul via a support group for young widowed folk, and heard his phrase ‘Never EVER give up’, I liked it. A lot. It struck a chord with our outlook through my husband’s cancer, and mine following his death; he never stopped grabbing as much of life as he could, despite the cancer, and subsequently I have been determined that our daughter and I would be shaped, not damaged, by his death – and live life.
So, I didn’t know Anna, but I feel a very strong affinity with the Verrico spirit and attitude. Which is why, when Paul suggested I join the charity, I knew it was something I really wanted to do. I’m a Planning Director for the advertising agency Grey, and have been developing advertising strategies for major brands for over 15 years; so I intend to find ways for Team Verrico’s inspirational message to be heard by more people, to raise more money, and do more good.
For good to come out of tragedy is beautiful.
And if we all help Team Verrico help others to beat cancer, then that’s a pretty good job done.
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