The Hope Is Contagious Campaign was founded by Maggie Watts in 2017. Maggie sadly lost her husband, Kevin to pancreatic cancer in 2009, 40 years after his mother passed away from pancreatic cancer in 1969 aged just 27.
Maggie and her friends and family have campaigned tirelessly for more funding and awareness ever since.
Maggie says, “The medics could offer Kevin no better a chance of survival in 2009 than they could his mum in 1969 – shockingly, pancreatic cancer outcomes had actually STOOD STILL for 40 years. 40 years with no progress whatsoever!
We were “lucky”, Kevin survived for 20 months but, of course, we wanted more. We barely had our heads around the diagnosis when we were staring his death in the face. After Kevin’s death we felt strongly that future pancreatic cancer patients needed to have hope and so the #HopeIsContagious Campaign was born.”
We are delighted to announce that former Coronation Street Star, Julie Hesmondhalgh has become patron of the Hope Is Contagious Campaign. You can find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved by visiting the website – www.hopeiscontagious.co.uk