Who Am I Fundraising For

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is a cancer research and awareness charity in the United Kingdom, formed on 4 February 2002 by the merger of The Cancer Research Campaign and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. Its aim is to reduce the number of deaths from cancer. As the world’s largest independent cancer research charity it conducts research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Research activities are carried out in institutes, universities and hospitals across the UK, both by the charity’s own employees and by its grantfunded researchers. It also provides information about cancer and runs campaigns aimed at raising awareness of the disease and influencing public policy.

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During my employment at EMC I have worked closely with Paul Bailey, Max’s Dad. I have been touched by how brave both Max and his family have been in dealing with the condition Scoliosis. Paul has become a good friend and as such I would like to help Max.

What’s the problem?
Max’s scoliosis requires surgery before his curve impacts his internal organs and becomes life threatening. It means inserting metal rods along the length of his spine. It’s nasty, invasive surgery leaving a scar the full length of his back. He will require repeated surgeries every 3 to 6 months to lengthen the rods through his growth spurt from age 8 until 12 and beyond. Ultimately he’ll likely require his spine fused solid and be left with life-long disability and pain management. There is a better option, but we’ve just sunk our last pennies into creating an adapted accessible home.

How will the money be spent?
Max will travel to America to receive 3 weeks of intensive therapy and follow-up equipment and support. The total includes £3,600 for his 3D brace, £4,600 for his home traction chair, approx £8,500 for an adapted wheelchair, and around £5,000 for car adaptation. He will then require daily visits to attend his exercises followed up by a return visit to the centre every three months. If he requires less-invasive​ keyhole surgery available in America we will raise more. Funds beyond Max’s need will role into our intended charity.

Find out more about Max’s story and how you can donate here.