CANCERactive was founded in 2002/2003 by three people Catherine Woollams, Chris Woollams and Lindsey Fealey.
It is not until cancer comes directly in to your life that you really embrace the subject. But when it struck Catherine, we all lamented the myopic approach of the UK Cancer bodies. Catherine had a grade 4 glioma and was given 6 months to live. The drugs did not cure, the Lancet wrote that. We HAD TO FIND alternatives - and we did. Yet we were questioned, dismissed, ridiculed even.
When Catherine had survived two years, several doctors approached Chris asking him what he had found out. Could he write it down? Catherine wanted a magazine to go into hospitals with helpful information on ALL the things that could help a person beat cancer. Lindsey came in to help us. We wrote, we talked, I did speeches, people rang us and told us we were ´A breath of fresh air´.
It all ´snowballed´.
We are simply trying to help.
Chris Woollams, Lindsey Fealey and dear, dear Catherine.
In April 2001, Chris Woollams´s eldest daughter, Catherine, was diagnosed with an aggressive malignant brain tumour and given no more than 6 months to live.
Catherine had lots of questions that deserved and demanded definitive, factual answers
Chris did what any good father, biochemist and marketing man would do, he did his homework. He rang experts from all over the world, read every cancer book he could lay his hands on and scoured the internet.
Catherine had lots of questions that deserved and demanded definitive, factual answers. The books that Chris had found and the information he had gleaned were either too simplistic, needed a biochemist to understand them or only covered part of the information needed. Some were very personal and related to an individual cancer and the great majority seemed to dwell on problems and morbid statistics. Catherine told her dad "I´m not interested in cancer. I´m interested in living!" Chris wrote his first book ´Everything You Need To Know To Help You Beat Cancer´ and launched icon (integrated cancer and oncology news) in July 2002.
There are so many things which could be done to increase people´s chance of beating cancer and make orthodox medical treatment more effective
By coincidence Chris´s cousin Lindsey was looking for a change in her career path and joined him in April that year to help publish the book and launch the magazine. What she thought would be a part-time job has become her life. Now five books later and with a magazine that has grown from sixteen pages to forty-eight, she is as determined as Chris to ´make a difference´. "Everyone should have access to easy to understand, jargon free information, both on prevention and cancer cure".
Catherine, Chris and Lindsey realised that there are so many things which could be done to increase people´s chance of beating cancer and make orthodox medical treatment more effective. Things that everyone should know about irrespective of their age, sex or financial status.
And so CANCERactive was established to bring all this crucial information to people, allowing them to make more informed choices.