Comet Community Awards 2018: Biggleswade man nominated for honouring late sister’s wishes
PUBLISHED: 07:02 21 March 2018
A charitable brother has been nominated for our Comet Community Awards, as he fulfils his late sister’s wish of raising as much money for The Eve Appeal as possible.
Mark Butcher from Biggleswade lost his sister Angela in 2013 after a short battle with small cell ovarian cancer.
In her Charity Champions nomination, Mark’s girlfriend Silvia Maldonado wrote: “During the palliative chemo treatment Angela became passionate about funding research and set about fundraising, supported by her family and friends.
“Her main concern was that she didn’t want anyone else to get small cell ovarian cancer without there being any hope for them.
“She told her oncologist that she was raising money for research and she suggested there was a professor at the UCLH who was particularly interested in ovarian cancer and it might be worthwhile contacting him. He told us of his passion for research into ovarian cancer and he had already met with delegates to tentatively discuss rare cancers like small cell and that gynaecological cancer charity The Eve Appeal was funding pioneering research into early detection and prevention of gynae-cancers.
“They received positive feedback from The Eve Appeal of their interest to use any funds raised specifically for research into small cell ovarian cancer. This gave Angela such a boost! She continued to raise funds, almost £8,000 in the last two months of her life.
“When told she had only days to live, Angela replied: ‘I’m OK – don’t forget The Eve Appeal’.
“Inspired by Angela, family and friends have continued to raise funds. During an exciting meeting between The Eve Appeal, researchers from Cambridge University and Angela’s family at the end of January 2016, they heard the fantastic news that a 15-month research study into small cell ovarian cancer would be underway!
“Mark and his family are now at the stage where the research is set to begin – the hope being that this could lead to better understanding of this rare cancer and provide hope and potentially life-saving benefit for patients who like Angela, as diagnosed with small cell ovarian cancer.”
This year’s awards have 12 categories and there is not limit to the number of categories individuals or groups can be nominated for. To make a nomination visit cometcommunityawards.co.uk.