Our patient advocates talk about why they shared their cancer stories with the ICR
The ICR’s research has delivered major benefits for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer – and continues to do so.
If you believe that you, or a family member, have benefited from any of our cancer research, or have participated in clinical trials of new cancer treatments, we want to hear from you.
We would also love to hear the inspiring stories of those of you who have been affected by cancer more generally, or who support our work to defeat cancer in some capacity.
By sharing your story with us and volunteering to take part in our communications activity, you can help us attract more support and funding for our work.
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Who can share their story?
Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, whose family or friends have a close connection to cancer, or whose lives have been touched by cancer in some other way can help support our communications work. Your story will add a personal element to news about our research and emphatically show how important our work is in defeating cancer.
This is your opportunity to tell your story, through the ICR’s website, social media and printed communications and positively work with the media, to raise awareness of cancer and show the importance of the ICR’s research.
By taking part you can not only raise awareness of cancer, but also of the work of the ICR – helping us secure more funding or encourage more people to work with us to help us achieve our goals.
What happens if I share my story?
Your story might help us illustrate the importance of research into your cancer in written features that we publish on our website. Or you might be interviewed and appear in a video we are making about the ICR’s latest research discovery.
We may also ask if you are happy to share your story in the media. This could vary from simply providing a quote, to being recorded for local TV or being interviewed live on radio. This is your chance to highlight the experiences of real people affected by cancer.
Before any media opportunity we would work with you to see if you feel comfortable doing the interview and ensure you are as prepared as possible. We will not give out your contact details without your consent and the Media Relations team will be on hand to support you every step of the way.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for people who are happy and comfortable talking about their personal experience of cancer with a member of our Communications team or a journalist, and are also willing to be photographed or filmed.
We would like to hear from anyone who has a connection to cancer – no matter what kind. It also does not matter whether you have been diagnosed with cancer yourself, are now in remission, or have a close family member or friend who has cancer.
Your personal experience with cancer can be an inspiration to others and encourage further support for our research.
How do I share my story?
You can share your story using online form. This information then goes into our secure database, which you can be removed from at any time upon request.
A member of the ICR's Communications team will then contact you to discuss your story in more depth and talk you through the next steps.
If you have any questions at this stage please email [email protected].
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