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Sarcomas are rare cancers that develop in the supporting or connective tissues of the body such as muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, blood vessels and fat. Paul’s Campaign started in 2011, after a young man called Paul from Derry, passed away, following a battle with Sarcoma. Lisa-Marie Holden, from Paul’s Campaign explains more.

Pauls’ Campaign was created to bring about greater awareness of Sarcoma.  Our aim from the very beginning is to educate health professionals in this field of cancer, and to highlight the signs and symptoms of Sarcoma among members of the public.

We held our first awareness walk in August 2011.  It started off at Sainsbury’s, along the Quay, over the Craigavon Bridge, over the Foyle bridge and down to DaVinci’s, where Paul had worked as a chef.  Since starting this walk, it has grown every year.  After the first year, we decided to hold the walk in July, as that’s Sarcoma Awareness Month and walk along the Derry walls in the heart of the City.

A sea of yellow! Paul’s Campaign supporters walking on 30th July 2016, during Sarcoma Awareness Month.

Every year we meet more and more people affected by Sarcoma, whether its families of people that have lost a loved one, or people that are currently battling it or in remission from it.  Yet the health professionals and others dare to call it ‘rare’ or ‘the forgotten cancer’.  Derry is a small City and we are continuously meeting different people of all ages that are affected from Sarcoma - it just shows that this is most definitely NOT ‘rare’.

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