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Cancer survivor Iain in call to back Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning
8:32am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
IT could have killed him.
But Iain MacDonald has just been given the all clear after fighting bowel cancer for 18 months.
Now the 42-year-old from Castle Way, Southampton is hosting two events for the Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning today - to thank the charity for its support and let others know that they don't have to suffer alone.
Iain was diagnosed with the disease in February 2012 and was told by doctors that if it had been discovered much later it would have spread to other parts of his body greatly reducing his chances of survival.
He had to take a cocktail of 28 different medications a day and had a total of three operations, but he was finally given the all clear this summer.
Iain's sister also battled cancer last year and was given the all clear in January while his mum fought breast cancer five years ago.
After receiving so much support from Macmillan throughout his own and his family's fight with the disease, Iain became a fundraising volunteer with the charity in February.
He said: “If I hadn't have had have help from Macmillan I wouldn't have known what to do. I never knew I could get a card to pay for my medications.
“I was completely lost when it happened and if it wasn't for them I wouldn't have been able to get half as much help.
“I want to get the message out there that people don't have to suffer by themselves.
“A lot of people think they don't have help but they only have to talk to Macmillan.”
Today Iain joins thousands of people across Hampshire in hosting events as part of the Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning today.
Between noon and 4pm he will host a coffee afternoon at the Mercure Dolphin Hotel in Southampton High Street, where he works as a food and beverage supervisor, in collaboration with its sister hotels in the city. He is also hosting a sold-out cabaret evening at the Royal British Legion in Eastgate Street, Southampton, tonight.
For more information on Macmillan, visit: macmillan.org.uk
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