My Name Is Not Cancer – Identity Day 4th May 2013

Dimbleby Cancer Care are proud to support My Name is Not Cancer’s nationwide Identity Day.

My Name Is Not Cancer® was established in 2011 and their aim is to empower anyone affected by cancer, helping them retain identity and a sense of self in the face of adversity, whether newly diagnosed with cancer, undergoing treatment, recovered or life limited; regardless of age, gender, faith or culture – helping people understand a little of what it is like to have cancer, and to not be defined by it.

MNINC Identity Day is being held everywhere, on Saturday 4th May 2013, to celebrate the identity of individuals who have been affected by cancer: any cancer type, all ages, any nationality; those fighting cancer, survivors, individuals loved and lost; relatives, friends, carers, healthcare professionals and support services. Anyone touched by cancer.

My Name Is NOT Cancer ask that everyone (who knows someone) affected by cancer, wear a butterfly on MNINC Identity Day, and focus on everything that makes a person unique, not on cancer. Butterflies can be on an item of clothing (even a pair of socks) a piece of jewellery, hair accessory, tattoo (over 18’s only please who are sure they want a tattoo!)  and MNINC have a limited number of butterfly badges for this event (email admin@mynameisnotcancer.com to order yours!)

MNINC Butterfly BadgeWe are delighted to have been asked to take part because we know how overwhelming a cancer diagnosis can be and how quickly life can become entirely focused on the illness, not the person. So if you or someone you love has been affected by cancer then show your support on 4th May if you can. Wear your butterflies loud and proud and let everyone know that cancer does not define a person!

MNINC will be encouraging people to take a picture of their butterfly to send to their Twitter page (@TeamMNINC #MNINC#IdentityDay) upload to My Name Is NOT Cancer website, or post on their facebook page, and we hope you’ll join us on Saturday 4th May and support the MNINC ethos that:

  • YOU STAND OUT… your illness doesn’t!
  • Survivorship starts NOW!
  • Communication is key!

Please note that whilst this is an awareness campaign, what is most important is that we all recognise that MNINC also encourages individuals to donate to a cancer cause close to their heart.

So, if you’ve been affected by throat cancer or if there’s another charity which is special to you and your family, you can donate to them!  Check out MNINC list of partners, support Dimbleby Cancer Care, or if there’s another organisation that means a lot to you, make May the 4th a day to donate to them and make a difference to those affected by cancer.

Every penny really does make a difference and so does letting the world know that My Name Is Not Cancer!

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