On Wednesday Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield, attended an event in Parliament to show his support for World Cancer Day, on Saturday 4th February.
The event, where Phil met with representatives from seven leading charities who have joined forces, comes as it is reported that one in two people born in the UK will develop cancer in their life time.
By joining forces, Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care, Breast Cancer Now, CLIC Sargent, Anthony Nolan, Bowel Cancer UK and Marie Curie, hope to make a bigger impact in transforming the lives of millions who are affected by cancer.
Cancer is indiscriminate, and whilst 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years, it remains the single largest cause of death from disease amongst children and young people in the UK.
The charities are calling on people to show their support by wearing a unity band, or donating. The bands are available from each charity on their websites, shops and other retail outlets for a suggested donation of £2. All the money raised from the Unity Bands will go towards the charities individual work, and their work to prevent, diagnose, treat and support those affect by cancer.
Mr Wilson said “I am calling on the people in Sedgefield to join me by wearing a Unity Band, making a donation or spreading the word on social media in support of World Cancer Day which is Saturday 4th February.
“Whatever your motivation – to remember a loved one, celebrate people who have overcome the disease, or to rally in support of those going through treatment – World Cancer Day is a chance to get involved and transform the lives of millions of people who are affected by cancer.”