West Belfast man, Brendan McKiernan, was devastated with a cancer diagnosis last year and with the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, found it increasingly difficult to cope both physically and mentally.
With the help of his family, he made the decision to register with our Macmillan Move More team and was introduced to our amazing coordinator Claire Murphy. The programme helps people get active and stay active after a cancer diagnosis. So Claire introduced Brendan and his family to social distanced walks with them and signposted him to the right support to help him emotionally deal with his diagnosis, something that can prove difficult for young men. Brendan feels so thankful that he has agreed to fund raise for Macmillan by taking part in their online gaming marathon to raise much needed funds. You can read Brendan's story in this Belfast Live article https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/west-belfast-man-embarks-gaming-19390820
Claire, Martin McCartney and the Move More Belfast programme have continued to support participants during the last 11 months, albeit, in quite a different delivery! These are some of the most challenging times for cancer support services ever experienced
In NI between April and May 2020 there were 7500 fewer urgent cancer referral
Patients are entering the cancer care pathway much later which means poorer outcomes / prognosis
There are around 1200 undiagnosed cancer cases in NI
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