An appeal for help
15 Jul 2012
Please excuse this posting, which would normally belong on my 'Cancer Blog' not in the education section. It's a one-off excursion, I promise.
As some of my education readers may know, I was diagnosed last year with Stage 4 (terminal) lung cancer, despite having never smoked.
I won't bore you with the details, as it's all on the Cancer Blog but I have put great faith in the value of exercise and diet in my campaign to resist the effects and spread of the cancer. I feel strongly that - like me - most cancer patients are never given education and advice about what can be achieved through regular exercise and a change of diet. There is plenty of conventional medical research that supports their value in cancer treatment and it's a view that is slowly gaining ground.
I really want more people to know about this, so I was delighted when I heard about a group of cancer patients who are staging a 1,000 mile cycle ride through the UK and Ireland specifically in order to raise awareness of the value of exercise in health care. I'll be joining them for part of The Ride in Wales next week.
Although it's not the usual sponsored bike ride I have decided to raise money for a very valuable cancer advice charity - Yes To Life - that has been helpful to me. With just a few days to go, I'm getting close to my £5,000 target, so I'm hoping that readers of this education blog might feel able to help me get there.
It's cheeky, I know, as you come here for news about education not about cancer treatment but I hope the cause justifies the risk of offending anyone.
If you'd like to know more, please look at my latest Cancer Blog entry. Or you could go straight to my Just Giving site, where you can donate quickly and simply online: www.justgiving.com/Michael-Baker8
Normal education service will resume shortly (please look out for my rant about student fees and fair access in The Education Guardian this Tuesday)....