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New cancer support charity, Rise, launched by local cancer survivor

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New cancer support charity, Rise, launched by local cancer survivor

A new cancer support charity has been launched in Reading by testicular cancer survivor, Robert Davies.  RISE is a cancer charity that supports men, families and communities in Reading, who are affected by testicular cancer.

 

Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer for men between 15 and 49.  Rigorous and stressful treatment can be isolating, both physically and mentally. The charity was formed whilst Robert was undergoing treatment himself; he recognised that it would have been easier if he had support from people who had undergone or were going through similar experiences.  He says: “Through launching RISE, I’m aiming to provide the support that is desperately needed by those affected by testicular cancer.  RISE will also raise awareness of the disease, as early diagnosis is vital for high survival rates.”

 

The launch event took place at the Museum of English Rural Life on the evening of Friday 11th August.  Trustees led activities to increase awareness of the disease, and provide information about how to effectively check themselves and what to do if they find anything unusual.  RISE will provide support from the point of diagnosis to remission.  It offers one-to-one mentoring, coffee groups, online chat rooms and activities such as gardening and crafts.  RISE warmly invites community leaders to get in contact to discuss opportunities for joint projects and partnerships.