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Chris Woolmams / Catherine Woollams
CANCERactive Founders

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 charities and health bodies. Catherine had a grade 4 glioma and was given 6 months to live. Maximum. The drugs did not cure, the Doctor´s own magazine, the Lancet, were clear about that.

We HAD TO FIND alternatives - and we did. Yet we were questioned, dismissed, ridiculed even.

When Catherine had survived two years, several oncologists 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, Chris did speeches, people rang us and told us we were ´A breath of fresh air´. The Mission was born. A mission about ´the Truth´ - the Truth in cancer, the Truth about non-invasive treatments, the Truth about the success of complementary therapies.

It all ´snowballed´.

We are simply trying to help. 

Chris Woollams, Lindsey Fealey and dear, dear Catherine.


In April 2001, Chris Woollams´ eldest daughter, Catherine, was diagnosed with an aggressive malignant brain tumour and given no more than 6 months to live.

Open quotesCatherine had lots of questions that deserved, and demanded, definitive,
                                                      factual answersClose quotes

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.

Open quotesThere are so many things which could be done to increase people´s chance of beating cancer and make orthodox medical treatment more effectiveClose quotes

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 became her life for 5 years. Five books later and with a magazine that grew from sixteen pages to sixty-eight, she too was determined 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 personal choices. And that´s the Mission of CANCERactive - ´Self-empowerment´. Helping people increase their personal odds of beating cancer by helping them take some control over their own lives through knowledge.

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