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They have all been personally affected by cancer, and with one in two people expected to develop this condition in their lifetime, the odds are as high as most of us suffer from it too.

These familiar faces of famed photographer Rankin sat alongside other people whose names we may not know but whose experience with cancer is no less profound.

The results—a stunning array of images—really reach well beyond their remit—to celebrate the return of Macmillan Cancer Support’s flagship annual fundraising event, Coffee Morning, which takes place Friday, September 30.

The conversations captured through the photos saw couples relive moments from their own diagnosis; grieving the loss of loved ones; share experiences on the Macmillan support they have received; A discussion of how to navigate life after cancer.

For news presenter and journalist, George Alagia, the hardest question people ask him, he said, is how to cope.

Speaking about the impact of his own experience living with stage 4 bowel cancer, which was first diagnosed in 2014 and later spread to lymph nodes and lungs, George said: “The challenge at first was getting my cancer diagnosis right in my head; Despite having so much to me, a successful career and a loving family, I was just told here that I was about to die.

“I wish I had known sooner how much support Macmillan could give me throughout this whole experience, but I thought I had to be at the end of my life to ask for it.”

Personal trainer Marie Huckle, a mother of three, was also diagnosed with stage 4 cancer the same year as George.
“For years I’ve always checked myself in,” Mary said. “One day I found a small pea-sized lump in my right chest. Night after night, I’d lie in bed to check if it was still there, deliberating for a few weeks on whether I should see my GP.

“Now obviously, my advice to anyone would be to immediately check for anything abnormal, even if the thought is terrifying. Early detection may be key to better prognosis and less invasive treatment.”

“One of the worst things about being diagnosed with cancer is passing the news to my loved ones. The cascading effects are always far-reaching and traumatic for them. Many lonely sleepless nights ensued. There was a lot of crying, and it wasn’t me alone, but there wasn’t time to speculate.

“I just had to accept the situation and step into the operation. In those early days I felt weak and completely out of control, but I had no choice but to put my trust in the medical team taking care of me.”

Actor Sheridan Smith met nurse Suad Ibrahim, who also lost her father to cancer.

“My father was an incredibly strong and proud man and was reluctant to ask for any kind of support when he first received the diagnosis,” Souad said. “However, his relationship with McMillan nurse Sarah was unlike any I’ve seen. He shared things with her about his health and recent wishes that he found very difficult to share with us.”

After losing loved ones to cancer, Sheridan Smith has supported Macmillan’s Morning Coffee Event for several years.

“Connecting with others who have been affected by cancer can really help you reduce loneliness,” she said. “Macmillan’s Morning Café is the perfect place to do this – but whatever your reason for participating, you will help support the growing numbers of people living with cancer across the UK, who need our support more than ever.”

Macmillan is urging people to sign up to host a morning coffee after the event saw a huge drop in fundraising over the past two years due to the pandemic.

“This year, the vital money raised through Coffee Morning will be more important than ever,” said Claire Rooney, of Macmillan Cancer Support.

“The number of people affected by cancer in the UK is unprecedented, and with numbers increasing to four million by 2030, our services have become a vital lifeline for many. We depend on the generous donations of our incredible supporters for 98 per cent of income, and as it stands, we are simply not We are able to support everyone who needs us.
“A cancer diagnosis can be incredibly frightening, and for many people with cancer, times are tougher now than they have ever been, with constant disruption to care and treatment, rising costs of living, and everything else a diagnosis brings. Macmillan provides a network Safety for people who need it most when they don’t know where to turn.”

Coffee Morning is back on Friday, September 30th, but people can sign up to host an event and participate anytime, anywhere, and in any way possible throughout the month of September.

For more information visit coffee.macmillan.org.uk.

Lauren and Shell

Podcast winner, philanthropist and founder of the charity, Lauren Mahone met 23-year-old Shel Rowe, a TikTok filmmaker and star.

Both, who were diagnosed with cancer at a young age, were supported by Macmillan throughout their cancer treatment.

“When I was diagnosed, the only thing that totally surprised me was the money,” said Lauren, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31.

“For some reason I thought – which I think is perfectly normal – that I would be taken care of, that there would be government funding, or support I could apply for. I didn’t realize it was going to be statutory sick pay. I moved out of my parents house before I received my diagnosis and couldn’t even Paying my rent in London – my friends had to collect donations just to keep me at home.

“Thank God I found Macmillan. The support was incredible. I actually went through the website, talked to someone on the phone about the financial assistance I was eligible for, and then submitted forms for a grant that were already filled out.”

Shell had just finished her second year at university when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2019, aged 20.

“I was supposed to go to California State University to spend my year abroad, and it was all very exciting,” Shell said. “Then a week before I was scheduled to go, I found a lump the size of a tennis ball in my throat. My friends and I were joking about it, but a week later we weren’t laughing anymore, because I was stuck with a stage 4 cancer diagnosis.

“Since then, it has been an absolute rollercoaster. I have had cancer four times now and have undergone seven different treatments including T-cell therapy (CAR), radiotherapy, stem cell transplantation and clinical trial.

“Sometimes it’s really limiting that you find other people talking to them about getting stage 4 cancer at such a young age.”

Cadive and Chloe

“This is Going to Hurt” and “Fleabag” actor Kadiff Kirwan lost his mother to cancer in May.

He spoke to former elementary school teacher and Joint Community Cancer Foundation founder Chloe Dixon, who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in 2018, about the importance of support at every stage of a cancer diagnosis.

Chloe, a mother of one, recently received the news that the cancer was no longer detectable.

“It was my family who encouraged me to see my GP, a few months after I had my little girl,” she said. “They were in my ear telling me, ‘Wait, that’s not right,’ and I’m afraid to think where I’d be without them. During my bone marrow biopsy, I had a Macmillan nurse holding my hand.

“I am absolutely glad that there is no sign of me having cancer and am even more excited to give to this wonderful charity as soon as I host my morning coffee. It is the most beautiful day, bringing all your loved ones and your community together for a cup of tea, a slice of cake, and for a good cause.”

For more information visit coffee.macmillan.org.uk.


Suad Ibrahim and Sheridan Smith (Photo: Rankin/Macmillan Cancer Support Center)
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Lauren Mahon and Shell Rowe (Photo: Rankin/Macmillan Cancer Support Center)
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Kadev Kirwan and Chloe Dixon (Photo: Rankin/Macmillan Cancer Support Center)

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