Gemma’s Story

Gemma (Trustee)

I’m Gemma, Chris C’s wife. I am primarily a mummy to two beautiful little girls but I also work part time as an admin assistant for another charity, freelance as a youth support worker and voluntarily as a trustee for It’s On the Ball.
I am passionate about raising awareness of testicular cancer especially the importance of self examination. I am very pleased that we have been successful in securing funding from the Healthy Norwich Campaign to enable us to provide an awareness event in the city centre in 2014.
I am keen to raise awareness in schools, colleges and universities to encourage lads to check themselves early and get into the habit of checking regularly as testicular cancer can affect lads as young as 15. It is so important for guys to be familiar with their bodies so they can identify any changes and as in Chris’s case, just “knowing” when something doesn’t feel right. From Chris’s experience I would say don’t be afraid to get a 2nd or even 3rd opinion!
Knowing what it was like for me going through Chris’s treatment with him, a newborn baby and a toddler, I feel very proud to now be able to offer support to other wives or girlfriends who are affected by testicular cancer.
I think it’s incredible what we have achieved in such a short space of time and I’m excited about what the future holds for It’s On the Ball.

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