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York Cancer Survivor to Speak at York Racecourse Charity Raceday

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4:49pm 28th May 2014

A young cancer survivor from York will be sharing his story at Macmillan Charity Raceday.

Harry Baines, 23, has recently completed treatment following his second bout of cancer. He hopes by speaking about his experiences, he’ll inspire others to donate to Macmillan Cancer Support. 

Macmillan Charity Raceday takes place at York Racecourse on Saturday 14 June – an afternoon of top quality horseracing alongside fundraising in aid of Macmillan. Harry will share his stories with racegoers who have tickets for the Macmillan Marquee.

In January 2014, Harry received his second diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He began a two-and-a-half week cycle of radiation treatment in March at Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield, which focused on a lump on his cheek.

Harry said: “As the cancer has come back, it’s very likely it will keep coming back and that’s something which is difficult to get your head around. You can tell yourself you’re not going to get it but there is only so much you can do. My way of dealing with it is to try and support charities like Macmillan – to tell people about the work they do, how they support people living with cancer, and to fundraise.”

In three months, Harry is due to have a scan, where he is expected to learn how effective the radiation therapy has been. His first diagnosis came aged 19, shortly after his family moved to the United States. Since then, having moved back to York, he has supported various cancer charities, including Macmillan, helping to raise thousands of pounds. Fundraising efforts have included sponsored cycle rides of 800 and 1,000 miles, which has earned him community awards.

Harry, who works in an admin role for Macmillan at the charity’s York office, said: “I’m really looking forward to talking about my experiences and the work Macmillan does to support people affected by cancer.”

Harry will be speaking in the Macmillan Marquee, where activities will be hosted by long-running Macmillan fundraising group, the York Committee. Tickets in the marquee cost £100 when two are bought together (normal price, £150 each). This includes free admission to the races, car park pass, a four course buffet lunch, afternoon tea, a guest tipster and private outside decking area. To buy tickets for the marquee, contact Robyn Mountain Wade at: rmountain-wade@macmillan.org.uk or phone: 07766 657182

The lunch in the marquee is just one of many fundraising activities on the day, which also include a silent auction and charity horse race featuring amateur riders.

Macmillan Charity Raceday is a collaboration between Macmillan Cancer Support, the UK’s largest cancer care and support charity, and York Racecourse. The annual event is into its 44th year and has raised more than £5.8 million for Macmillan and other good causes over the years.

For full details of other available tickets, including early bird and group rate advance prices, visit www.yorkracecourse.co.uk

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