A CANCER survivor from Coventry who was told he only had weeks to live without treatment is backing a new awareness campaign from Cancer Research UK highlighting the power of legacy giving in saving lives.
Retired bus driver Peter Cashmore, 72, who lives in the Bell Green area of Coventry, has benefitted from research after being diagnosed with myeloma, a tumour of the bone marrow, in 2010.
Now, after being treated successfully, he is urging people in the West Midlands to follow his example and leave a lasting gift for future generations by including a donation to Cancer Research UK in their Will.
Peter said: “Being diagnosed with cancer turned my life upside down.
“It was a terrible shock, especially as I was only given six to eight weeks to live – but thanks to research I’m still here.”
Peter, who has three sons, was given chemotherapy for six months in 2011, and is now due to start a second course of treatment.
He added: “By leaving a gift in their Will – no matter how big or small the donation – people in Coventry can give many more families like mine the incredible gift of hope.
“I’m so grateful for the treatment that saved my life.
“Success stories like mine would not be possible without Cancer Research UK and their groundbreaking work, which in turn relies on everyone who donates much needed funds.”
Cancer Research UK spent nearly £1million in Coventry last year on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.