Teen cancer survivors join adventurers

Two Northampton teenagers who battled have joined fellow former patients on an Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust adventure experience.

Lauren Lynch, 18, and Megan Innes, 18, both from Northampton, took part in an inspirational four-day adventure including sailing, canoeing, high ropes, cycling, archery and power-kiting at the Essex Outdoors Centre in Bradwell.

You get to learn so much about other people’s hospital and treatment experiences.

Lauren who finished cancer treatment in May 2013 for Metastatic Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma at Queens Medical Centre, joined by 17 other young people from around the UK on the four day adventure.

Lauren said: “It’s great.

You get to learn so much about other people’s hospital and treatment experiences.

You kind of just have a laugh about it in the end.

Friends at home can only understand so much.”

Taking part in her second trip with the Trust, Megan, who finished treatment in August 2012 for Synovial sarcoma said: “It’s really good to be able to talk to people about the similar experiences we’ve been through and hear different stories.

“They know how you feel, so they aren’t rude or insensitive and It’s helpful to know how other people have dealt with it.”

Launched in 2003, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust gives young people between the ages of 18 -24 in recovery from cancer the chance to rebuild their confidence through sailing, range of water and land based activities to help build their confidence after finishing treatment.

Dame Ellen, who single-handedly sailed around the world at the age of 24 said: “The mental and social fall-out from cancer can be just as devastating as the physical illness.

Everything we do is about building confidence, self-esteem and having fun together.”

The Ellen MacArthur Trust has been a national charity for twelve years and provides support and encouragement to young people in recovery from cancer.