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Stourbridge man calls on MPs to help fight cancer
8:00am Friday 11th July 2014 in Local
A STOURBRIDGE man took part in a day of action at Westminster recently, to urge MPs to back a charity's ambition to help more people survive cancer.
Lewis Barnes, aged 24, was one of 100 Cancer Research UK ambassadors who travelled to London to push for increased funding for research and access to radiotherapy treatment for all patients who need it.
Mr Barnes, of Appleton Avenue, said: “I’m really excited to have taken part in Cancer Research UK’s day of action, because I know that this is a great way to help make a difference.
"I got involved with the charity initially by holding fundraising activities after my grandparents died from cancer. After several events they asked me to become an ambassador, which entails lobbying MPs to increase funding available on research for new therapies to eradicate cancer in the future."
Sara Osborne, Head of Policy at Cancer Research UK said: “It’s great to have Lewis’s support to highlight the vital role MPs and their constituents can play in helping to tackle all cancers.
“We must not underestimate the devastating impact that cancer has on the lives of those with a cancer diagnosis and their families.
“As more people are diagnosed with the disease, it’s essential that we speed up our progress. We know that early diagnosis and access to the best possible treatments saves lives.
"We need the public and MPs to get behind us and help make our ambition possible. In the next two decades we can, and will, transform the outlook for cancer patients.”