In the face of adversity, some individuals find extraordinary strength and resilience. Hannah, a care worker in a children’s home and tongue cancer survivor has embarked on an inspiring journey to give back to the tongue cancer community, by walking the West Highland Way to raise money for Oracle’s Young Tongues Fund.
Hannah was diagnosed with tongue cancer two years ago at the age of 28 despite no notable risk factors. During her recovery from surgery to remove the cancer and rebuild part of her tongue, Hannah was invited to join the Young Tongues peer-to-peer support group. Hannah welcomed advice and support from other members who had experienced the same, both online and during in-person meet-ups.
Grateful for the support, and keen to pay it forward, Hannah became involved with the Young Tongues social media team creating helpful content to support others. This summer, Hannah was inspired to complete a challenging hike, walking the West Highland Way, to raise awareness and funds for Oracle’s Young Tongues Fund. Hannah was joined by her brother, Sam, and Dad, Steve, to complete the challenge and between them they raised over a thousand pounds for the fund. Funds raised will help to fund patient-focussed activities, awareness campaigns and research to help improve the quality of life of tongue cancer patients and survivors.
Hannah: “The West Highland Way was an amazing challenge to choose. Difficult paths in places, and the weather wasn’t the best at times, but the scenery was amazing, and I am so proud to say we completed it and smashed our fundraising target too! I am pleased the funds will support others the way I have been supported, having a peer support group continues to be a precious resource in my journey.”
Steve: “I was keen to join Hannah with fundraising for such a worthy cause. I am so proud of how far Hannah has come, and pleased she’s found invaluable support through the Young Tongues group. The walk itself was both physically and mentally challenging, but we’ve made some amazing memories and met lots of people from all over the world that were also completing the hike.”
Sam: “The West Highland Way was fantastic, unbelievable views! I was very relieved to see the finish point each day after lots of miles, hills, rain and midges, but so glad to have taken part. I’m proud of Hannah for completing the challenge and raising funds for a cause close to her heart.”
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