About Star Throwers
We are a local cancer support charity based in Wymondham that is dedicated to providing holistic support for people who have or had cancer, and their loved ones supporting them through their cancer journey.
We offer information and guidance that empowers people to understand their cancer and their cancer options so they can make informed decisions. We also offer holistic complementary support through services such as relaxation complementary therapies, gentle exercise groups, counselling, support groups, and nutrition workshops and advice.
We are not government funded at all, rather we rely on the generosity of our local community and general public to help fund our services and keep them completely free of charge for the people who need our help the most.
Our plea today to you, the reader, is to help us improve our Lymphoedema Support Service, which provides vital information and support to people who have been diagnosed with or are at risk of developing cancer related lymphoedema; a lifelong condition that is an unfortunate side effect of cancer treatments such as surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy that affect the body's lymph nodes.
At the moment, we are only able to fund one lymphoedema therapist. However, with increasing demand we want to be able to fund a second therapist which will improve access to the service and make the quality of the support the best it can be.
Lymphoedema is generally reported as under diagnosed despite reportedly affecting up to 60% of breast cancer patients (though it can affect people with other types of cancer too) and there is not great awareness of the condition which means funding is often allocated elsewhere.
Please help us improve the lives of people with cancer related lymphoedema by voting or donating for our project.
The Star Throwers Story
After a heavy storm a boy walked along the beach throwing washed up starfish back into the sea.
An old man watching him shouted, ‘There are too many of them. It won’t make any difference.’
As the boy picked up and threw another starfish back into the sea, he smiled and said, ‘It made a difference to that one’.
(adapted from Loren Eisley’s The Star Thrower)