Many months ago one of our PPI Clinical Trials group at Imperial Cancer Research, Rina, presented to us an idea. Rina was super excited and you could see such animation and fun when she explained what she was thinking of. Rina was also so clearly passionate about demonstrating that during her care and treatment for cancer she had been looked after by so many staff. As Rina said we often only talk of our consultant or nurse during treatment but there are in fact so very many others who have looked and continue to look after us. The receptionist, the phlebotomist, radiographer, radiologist, surgeon, anesthetist, appointment maker, chemo nurse, clinical nurse specialist, research nurse, porter, scientist, cleaner, hospital catering team, etc etc. In fact Rina was able to name so many not only by title but by first name I, for one, was terrifically impressed!
Rina wanted to honour those who had been keeping her alive. She wanted to show the world that there were so many more involved than just her surgeon or nurse. She wanted to demonstrate that they all had names (not just titles) and also that they had passions and loves outside of the environment that she knew them, ie the hospital.
Tonight was the launch party for the exhibition. A time when all those of us to see the idea become a reality. For Rina to be able to get her ‘team’ in one location and say “Thank you for keeping me alive”.
The exhibit is kindly sponsored by Cancer Research UK and will be on display at The Cancer Research UK Imperial Centre in South Kensington until the end of November. If you’re in London, do make time to visit. More info – here
Because of Rina’s exhibition, Cancer Research UK have launched a campaign on twitter for YOU to nominate your hero. Who was your hero? Nominate them using #RinasHeroes and @CR_UK.