So a few months ago I started thinking.. What can I actually do with this cancer stuff? I mean, I have quite a strong story right? 17 year old fighting cancer, pull on your heart strings blahblah, surely there has got to be something that I could use my influence to do. Yeah there is the race for life and all the normal money raising ideas like that.. Me and mum have proved we actually quite good at the running/walking 5k idea by last year raising quite a substantial amount more than we had the year before (£1500), but I wanted to do something more long term.

So I was sitting in that hospital waiting room and I decided to hold an auction. An art auction.

I decided to gather art from as many people as I could and auction it off to raise money. Everyone loves a bit of art dont they?

So I got friends involved and we bounced some ideas around, we decided to involve Miss Kirsty Smith (our graphics teacher) and she really set the ball rolling – Bloody hell, that woman has energy! And contacts..She has a lot of contacts; which is coming in veery useful ;).

But thats not all I want to do. The auction is to raise money to produce tshirts.The auction raised £10,000 to start production of these tshirts, of which the main message is to stand up and fight back against cancer. Be a victor not a victim. Everyone loves to laugh and smile and just generally be happy right? So Im going to design tshirts that are more brutal in their message than the normal cancer research snappy happy ones. They will be taboo, controversial and insane. Promoting that we can do it, we can survive; because we want to. It will stop people skirting around cancer as if it’s a swear word and start to make them talk! Ive found that whilst I have been surviving cancer a lot of the people around me have become scared to talk to me because of the barrier that cancer creates – That is what I want to change; it’s okay to talk about it..It’s okay to talk to me.

These tshirts will go on sale and the profits will be donated to cancer charities, with the rest of the money going back into producing more tshirts.

I hate hearing about people and their families who get diagnosed with cancer and just revert into themselves and completely change who they are because of how cancer has got them down. I want to change that perception. Be proud that you are a right trooper, dont consider yourself as weak 🙂

Therefore, I am developing a sustainable, non-profit business selling wearable art in the form of T-shirts and trying to break the taboo of cancer by getting people to talk about it.

Promoting the message that cancer is not about the suffering; it’s about the surviving.


11 Responses to “What”

  1. matt April 2, 2009 at 7:43 am #

    This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

  2. maisie benfield April 11, 2009 at 10:29 pm #

    keep ’em coming lovely(:

  3. Kaate April 12, 2009 at 6:02 pm #

    Baby, you’re amazing xxxx

  4. Jayne Noble April 16, 2009 at 7:45 pm #

    Rosie you really are a trooper…sign me up for a tshirt and good luck with the auction…great idea!


    My techy knowledge struggled with accessing this so hope this is the right way to respond!!

  5. Karen Jameson May 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm #

    Hi Rosie,I saw points West today & wanted to congratulate you on such a wonderful Idea. I absolutely loved the T-shirts & would love to be able to help you in any way possible. I don’t have a shop or anything like that but i am involved as a volunteer in many different organisations that range from churches, schools & gyms to name but a few. Im sure that i could pass on the word of how great these t-shirts are so could you let me know how/where people can buy them. I will pray for your full recovery & truly hope you get good news soon. With very best wishes from Karen Jameson, 36 yr old mum of 2.

  6. Bob Bruton May 12, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    Hi Rosie

    I have just watched the Points West News on the BBC and saw your article on your fund rasing and your T shirts. As a fellow cancer sufferer, but many years older than you, with another very rare form of cancer, I was also exremely touched, in fact reading your blog brought to tears to my eyes by your fortitude. I am also now trying to raise funds for the Hospital that treated me, and many others, for Pseudomyxoma Pertonei, a rare adominal cancer, in Basingstoke, Hants.
    I am arranging two events this year to raise funds and thought your T shirts were a brilliant idea. I also spent 30 years in the clothing trade.
    There is also a dedicated blog/web site for my condition with sufferers world wide.
    Lastly how can we get hold of your T shirts?

    Keep up the brilliant work, your parents must be very proud of you!

    Bob Bruton

  7. Anne Marigold May 16, 2009 at 7:15 pm #

    Hi Rosie,

    Saw you on Points West from here in Spain. I agree with the others who say you are an inspiration. You looked fantastic – very beautiful.

    I love the T shirts and am waiting to find out how we can buy them.

    I had breast cancer with a mastectomy at 29, secondaries with radiotherapy at 30 and now I’m 61 so I’m a survivor. It changed my life. I determined not to waste it so went to University which I loved.

    Very best wishes to you,
    Anne xx

    • theknockoneffect May 19, 2009 at 8:29 pm #

      Hellohello Anne,
      Lovely to hear from you 🙂

      Hah thank you so much! I am pretty pleased with how it all came across 🙂 Did you watch it on my blog?

      T-shirts.. We are just about to sample some designs and then we will get them online ASAP – We’ve found some very usefull websites, so keep looking back!!

      Well done for surviving!! Living proof ey? 😉 Fabulous news 🙂
      Hope you are well

  8. shaun July 15, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    keep going young lady it does get better – i hid away under a rock for a year and cried but 5 years later life is amazing and things are happening that i thought never would. Dont know you but thinking of you.



  9. Hannah Ga Ga Gabriel October 7, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    Girly, you rock!

    This is a fabulous idea.

    I paint in my spare time. I have a few pictures knocking about you can have a look and use for your t shirts.

    Email me!

    Keep strong!

    Much love,

    Ga Ga

  10. Katie November 29, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    You are an inspiration. Loving the shop, great idea. xx

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