Clothing for Sarcoma Cancer
New range to help raise awareness
Author and rare cancer survivor, Hannah Russell, releases new collection of t-shirts to raise funds and awareness for sarcoma cancer
In June 2020, 23-year-old Hannah Russell was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer, a little known cancer of the bone and soft tissue. She’s now determined to raise sarcoma awareness through her new collection of t-shirt designs.
Inspired by sunflowers, a symbol of perseverance and warmth close to the heart of the sarcoma community, Hannah hopes her new collection will encourage people find out more about sarcoma. She will be donating 100% of profits to Sarcoma UK, the national bone and soft tissue cancer charity, that offers support everyone in the UK affected by sarcoma.
Hannah, from the Yorkshire Dales, first noticed something was wrong early in 2020 when she began to develop pain in her right hip over the course of 4-6 months.
Hannah said: ‘Initially, I put my symptoms down to joint pain from an old injury, but the pain started to get worse and worse. I was in pain for about 4-6 months before I went to see my GP, it was only after I became increasingly tired that I decided to make an appointment. I also became increasingly tired, so decided to contact my GP. I was sent for a series of scans and tests and not long after I found out I had a high-grade sarcoma tumour just above the hip.’
She had surgery to remove the tumour and a course of radiotherapy to help treat any remaining cancer cells left behind. She said: ‘I’m slowly but surely on the mend, I do have a few side effects but I’m learning to manage those and I’m building back up day by day.’
Sarcoma makes up just 1.4% of cancer diagnosis in the UK and can develop anywhere in the body, including muscles, bones, tendons, tissues and blood vessels.
Hannah said: ‘I feel so lucky to have been able to get diagnosed at such an early stage, thousands of people don’t. If more people knew about sarcoma they would get their symptoms checked out earlier. The earlier sarcoma is diagnosed, the greater the chance of successful treatment.’
Helen Stradling, Support Line Lead for Sarcoma UK said:
‘Hearing the diagnosis of sarcoma can be devastating for patients and their loved ones and beginning treatment as soon as possible enables the best chances of success. Time and again we hear about how being diagnosed with such an uncommon cancer can be such a lonely and isolating experience. Put simply, early diagnosis saves lives.
1 in 3 patients have to wait more than 6 months for a sarcoma diagnosis. So if you notice a lump, are experiencing joint or bone pain, or simply feel that somethings just not right, please go and see your GP.
We’re grateful that Hannah chosen to support Sarcoma UK with her beautiful t-shirt designs.’
Hannah’s t-shirts are available now.They have been selling well.
Shop here - https://shop.spreadshirt.co.uk/hannahrussellsarcomaawareness/