On 21st October Lee Marsh, his daughter Lauren Marsh, and 2 other friends jumped out of a perfectly good airplane at 13,000 feet in memory of friends and family that have suffered from pancreatic cancer over the last few years. They have all been supported by Planets Cancer Charity who are based in Southampton Hospital.
Over the last few years Lee has lost two very good friends to pancreatic cancer and his auntie has suffered from it for several years, without the support from Planets Cancer Charity it would be a very different story.
PLANETS helps patients with pancreatic, liver, colorectal, oesophageal, stomach and neuroendocrine cancer by funding patient support groups, innovative treatments and research. Since 2011 they have raised over £840,000!
PLANETS is more than just another local cancer charity, it is a motivating and unifying force that is changing the way that they approach the fight against cancer across the central south coast of England. Their aim is not just to save lives but also to enrich them in the process by helping the “whole team” to focus together on their shared goals.
In the current, cost cutting NHS environment, research and innovation are in danger of being sidelined. The PLANETS team aim to ensure that the patients in our region still have access to the best available care, judged by international standards. The cutting edge new treatments, such as IORT, that they are introducing will have many applications for other cancers; including breast, bowel, lung and gynaecological tumours. They are also now working with the clinicians from these specialties to help them realise the benefits of the “whole team” approach to cancer care.
PLANETS Cancer Charity is dedicated to serving the needs of our regional population which extends from Lyme Regis to Bognor Regis and provides specialist cancer services to the 4 million people who live across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, the Isle of Wight, the Channel Islands and West Sussex.
Lee is very grateful for all the support he has received in helping this very worthwhile charity.