Why I Help

Son inspired four decades of life saving fundraising

A terrifying close encounter with cancer first alerted Olive Cutts to the important work of North West Cancer Research some 40 years ago.

“The money that we raise stays here in the North West and NWCR keeps its overheads as low as they possibly can. That’s a really big pull for me”

And her enthusiastic support for the charity’s groundbreaking research has never faltered, even during her own recent battle with breast cancer.

Olive’s son George was just 11 when he was diagnosed with blastoma – a cancer which most often affects children – in his eye.

She recalled: “The doctor told me he had cancer and that they had to operate straight away or George wouldn’t make it to Christmas. I just collapsed on the floor.”

Thankfully, her son survived, thanks to rapid treatment, and is still going strong to this day. But, nearly four decades later, Olive remains grateful – and passionate about supporting the scientific advances championed by NWCR.

“The surgeon who operated on George started his medical career with North West Cancer Research,” said Olive.

“At that time I wasn’t involved in any charity work. I was just an ordinary mum bringing up four wonderful kids. But, of course, this completely changed my world.”

Olive began helping out at her local NWCR Committee in Southport. She soon became its secretary and has now been its chairperson for over a decade.

“I wanted to give something back,” said Olive.

And she certainly has. She and her fellow Southport committee members now raise some £22,000 a year to fund lifesaving local research.

Being diagnosed, and later cured, of breast cancer at the age of 72 only strengthened her resolve to help NWCR beat cancer sooner.

“The money that we raise stays here in the North West and NWCR keeps its overheads as low as they possibly can. That’s a really big pull for me,” said Olive.

“The quality of the research is also a big plus. It’s making real inroads and gives great hope.

“We have a wonderful committee and we really work together as a team. It’s inspiring to see the enthusiasm of all the people who are already involved, and I’m always encouraging people to join us and do whatever they can.”

If you would like to help NWCR’s world-class research, and help create a cancer-free future, please contact email Bobby Magee at bobby@nwcr.org or call 0151 709 2919.

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