Today Marty would have been 37 years young and there's not been a day that's passed when I haven't thought about him. Every now and then, I believe Marty gives me little signs when I need them the most. Yesterday I was late leaving work and on my way home, one of his favourite songs came on the radio - the JCB song, which is a rarity. Whenever I hear it, I can still see him and the smile it would bring to his face when it played and the funny singing voice he'd put on, and 'the looks' we'd give each other. I'll never forget why he loved it and how it reminded him of the time spent working with his dad; where I know it also gave him fond memories of his mum cooking bacon sarnies for them at the weekends or preparing their crib boxes for work. It even mentions transformers and all the childish things we both loved together. Little signs always appear when I need them the most and there's been many since he passed away. Whether these signs are coincidence or not, I'll always take comfort in believing it's him telling me to keep going, do what I'm doing and to never give up. He'll always be apart of me and I'll always remember and cherish the life we had together. I will always put sunflowers at his grave for as long as I live on his birthday (and yes, they have googly eyes on them), because of the memories we made when I would grow them from seed among other things in Summercourt. Maybe one day, a giant carrot might just sprout too - a memory for another time.
Walk Together is the Bowel Cancer UK charity's new five mile sponsored walk to bring people together so that they can show their support for those undergoing treatment, remember loved ones and help stop bowel cancer.
Walk Together events are taking place in London, Edinburgh and Belfast, which are all a bit too far for us Cornish folk to travel, so I thought I would plan my own one here in Newquay, with a little help from the charity along the way.
Walk Together UK details
Date: Saturday 23 September
Registration: from 10.30am
Price: £10 per adult, £3 per child (under 5's go free) or whatever you can afford to donate if walking as a family.
The walk I am planning in Cornwall is not only in memory of Marty but also to show my support to those that are undergoing treatment and to raise awareness of the symptoms - especially in younger people, whist raising money for the Bowel Cancer UK charity.
I have planned the walk along some of Martyn's favourite places in Newquay (route to be revealed on the day) and depending on whether you stop off at the pit stops I will be organising, the walk will take approximately 2 hours and will be dog friendly.
The charity do recommend you do some training over the summer so you find the walk enjoyable. View the training schedule to get yourself fit and prepared for the walk.
Those that join me on the day of the walk will be given a card to pin to your t-shirt so you can write a lovely message about why you are walking and if you are walking for anyone in particular. We would love to read them on the walk and I will be taking photos to share with the charity on the day.
To register for a place on the walk or to support the cause visit:
Anyone taking part in the walk in Cornwall that would like to get sponsorship are more than welcome to. My sponsorship will be donated towards helping on-call firefighter Jason Bragg (aged 26) and his family. You can find out more about this cause here: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jason-bragg
If you would like to find out more about the other Bowel Cancer UK walks, visit the Walk Together web page for details.
This year the charity focused on bowel cancer screening.
Bowel cancer screening saves lives but at the moment in some areas of the UK only a third of those who receive a test in the post complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the best way to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat and there is the greatest chance of survival.
How you can raise awareness of bowel cancer screening:
Help STOP bowel cancer devastating families with Lynch syndrome.
Act now to STOP genetic condition devastating families with cancer by signing the petition.
Bowel Cancer UK worked with nine other charities to unite everyone in a simple but powerful life changing act – wearing a Unity Band®. By joining forces a bigger impact is made in transforming the lives of millions who are affected by cancer.
The Unity Band is made of two parts, knotted together, to represent strength in unity and the power of what can be achieved when people join forces.
Thanks to all those who brought one of the bowel Cancer UK Unity Bands this year and also joined in with the cake bake at my work. Proceeds raised from both the band sale and the cakes raised £210 for the charity.
(World Cancer Day took place on 4 February 2017)
Find out how you can support Bowel Cancer UK's 'Never too young campaign.
Never Too Young is leading change for younger bowel cancer patients. The campaign is giving younger patients a voice and changing clinical practice and policy to stop bowel cancer in people under 50.
Every year 2,400 younger people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK. While this is only five per cent of those diagnosed, this number is slowly increasing. Our research has shown that younger bowel cancer patients have a very different experience of diagnosis, treatment and care.
Since they launched the Never Too Young campaign in 2013, they have made much progress, including to change GP referral guidelines to include younger people for the first time.
Please support the Bowel Cancer UK charity in any way that you can. You can find out more about them from their website or Facebook page.
One charity - Bowel Cancer UK is leading change for younger bowel cancer patients with the 'Never too Young' campaign which is giving younger patients a voice and changing clinical practice and policy to stop bowel cancer in people under 50. Every year 2,400 younger people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK. While this is only five per cent of those diagnosed, this number is slowly increasing. Their research has shown that younger bowel cancer patients have a very different experience of diagnosis, treatment and care.
Find out more about their "Never too young" campaign.
Many of you that knew Marty, would have heard about his late diagnosis with bowel cancer and the battle he had with getting GP's to take his symptoms seriously. But above all of this, you will have known what a fun loving and courageous individual he was and his sheer determination and fighting spirit to not let his illness bring him down.
This blog is to carry on Marty's fighting spirit and help raise awareness of bowel cancer to others. It is also a place for you to share any of the things you have done or are doing to keep his memory alive.
Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK but it shouldn’t be. Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.
Marty always wanted to help others and you can help keep his memory alive by continuing his wish to make a difference to others by telling all your friends and family the symptoms of Bowel Cancer.
Anyone is welcome to share any news or memories they have of Marty,which can be added to this site by emailing email@example.com
Blog - Never too Young
This blog is to carry on Marty's fighting spirit and help raise awareness of bowel cancer to others. It is also a place for you to share any of the things you have done or are doing in memory of him.