Conference offers cancer support

Chris Curtis has organised a conference for fellow cancer patients from across the North West.

Chris Curtis has organised a conference for fellow cancer patients from across the North West.

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A BLACKPOOL cancer sufferer whose niece died from the disease has organised a special conference in the resort.

Chris Curtis, from South Shore, lost his niece Donna to cancer when she was just 21.

And Chris, 53, was diagnosed with throat cancer 12 months ago and has since undergone radiotherapy and chemotherapy, as well as two major throat operations. Now he has organised the North of England ASK Cancer Conference, which will take place at the Blackpool Hilton Hotel, on September 12 and 13.

He said: “The event is aimed at cancer patients and health professionals and will offer an invaluable opportunity for NHS practitioners, local authorities, health visitors, voluntary organisations, patients, carers and other key stakeholders to access the latest Government initiatives, hear about advances in treatment, engage in dialogue and consider how to transform cancer care services in the UK to match the highest standards in Europe.”

Money raised from the two-day event will go to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation and Donna’s Dream House, a respite centre for children with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses set up by Donna’s dad, Len Curtis, following his daughter’s death.

There will be a mixture of interactive workshops and formal presentations, with topics for discussion including self-help and support, research and new treatments and organisation of cancer services. The first 200 patients and carers registered will receive a complimentary pass.

For more information Log onto www.askcancer.co.uk or call (01253) 344091.