An Urban Challenger’s story: Carla Abreu

26.08.16 Categories: Patient stories, Staff stories, Supporter stories,

Dedicated St Thomas’ staff member Carla is taking on Guy’s Urban Challenge, our special event that takes place at Guy’s Hospital. It involves three gruelling stages: a 2.4km run, a 15km cycle, and a 29-floor stair climb of the world’s tallest hospital building – Guy’s Tower!

Carla’s raising money for the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s, which she’s looking forward to working in once it’s opened this autumn. She tells us her reasons behind fundraising for her workplace.

‘Having worked as a PET technologist at St Thomas' for around four years now, I’m able to provide and witness the best possible treatment for cancer patients. PET (Positron Emission Tomography) is an imaging technique that produces a 3D image of how the body is working. 

‘I'm very lucky to work at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and in autumn 2016, at Guy’s Cancer Centre. With the Cancer Centre’s opening, my colleagues and I will be able to keep providing the best care to our patients. 

‘As a staff member working in cancer care, I feel responsible to do my bit for the Cancer Centre. We all work hard for our patients and are determined to strive for excellence in our clinical care.

‘Taking part in Guy’s Urban Challenge is my way of thanking the hospital for all the support it’s given me and for the way it's helped me grow, not only as a professional but also as a person. It will certainly be a great challenge, but keeping the patients in my mind will definitely provide me with the determination needed to go on. 

‘I sincerely hope that the money I raise can become a significant contribution to the continuation of the excellent work the hospital does for its patients.’

You can support Carla in her epic Guy’s Urban Challenge by donating on her fundraising page.

If you’re inspired by Carla’s story and would like to take on Guy’s Urban Challenge, there’s still time! Sign up now.