Spotlight On... Guy's Urban Challenger: Dhara Patel

07.09.15 Categories: Cancer Centre Appeal, How donations help, News from the hospital, Supporter stories,

20-year old student Dhara Patel is one of our amazing supporters that took part in Guy’s Urban Challenge last year. Her mother, Sadhana, was in recovery after being treated at Guy’s last year for cancer. Dhara told us what inspired her to take on the challenge to raise money for the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s.

‘Earlier this year, in January, my mum was diagnosed with an aggressive stage 3 throat cancer. 

‘The doctors at Guy's said it would be treatable. After four chemotherapy sessions, six weeks of intense radiotherapy - and thanks to everyone in the Head and Neck oncology team - we received the great news that the cancer was cleared, eight months after she was diagnosed. 

‘She still has a long recovery ahead of her but without the help of all the doctors and specialists she would not be here today, and our whole family would not have been able to get through this difficult time. We are so very grateful to Guy's hospital for that. 

‘I heard about Guy’s Urban Challenge from posters in the hospital. I decided to take part as a way of thanking the hospital and helping them to treat and support more patients at the new Cancer Centre. 

‘I want to raise as much money as possible by doing the Urban Challenge, as I've pushed myself very hard physically. I know I'll find it very challenging, but after seeing the struggle that cancer patients go through I know it'll motivate me to keep going. 

‘I hope the money I raise will help buy equipment and other resources to help make the new Cancer Centre as comfortable as possible for all the patients, and make a difference in the quality of treatment that is already of a high standard.’

There are still ways for you to support the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s, just like Dhara.