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 Today, George Lee, 61, from West Kingsdown, Kent was announced as the top fundraiser for the Mouth Cancer Foundation’s 10KM Awareness Walk. The walk, which took place on Saturday, 22nd September 2012 in London’s Hyde Park, is designed to raise much needed awareness of mouth cancer which still remains a relatively unknown disease.

George, who works as a Director of a wholesale meat company in Maidstone, raised a staggering £2700.00 and won a paintballing day out courtesy of Delta Force.

George participated in the walk and supported the Mouth Cancer Foundation, one of the UK’s leading mouth cancer charities in honour of his stepdaughter, Kelly Smy. Kelly was diagnosed with tongue cancer at the age of just 35 in February 2011 after becoming aware of a mouth ulcer which was not healing for a long time. She underwent a lengthy surgery to remove part of her tongue and reconstruct it with muscle taken from her wrist. She had a peg fitted to provide nutrition directly into her stomach and was determined to fight the cancer to be able to take care of her two children.

Unfortunately a few months later, Kelly noticed another ulcer which appeared on the other side of her tongue. Further treatments commenced; however scans showed a legion to the lung and brain. She sadly lost her battle with the disease in February 2012.

George says “Throughout her last year of life Kelly remained calm and positive that she would beat cancer. She was extremely brave and we are all so very proud of her. I participated in the Mouth Cancer Foundation’s 10KM Awareness Walk to help raise awareness of such a dreadful disease. It’s a great event and I encourage everyone to take part in it this year.”

The Mouth Cancer 10 KM Awareness Walk in 2012 has raised a staggering £40,000.00 in total.  The Founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation Dr Vinod Joshi says “The Mouth Cancer 10KM Awareness Walk proved to be the most successful ever in 2012.  The profit from the walk, after costs, will be ploughed into our latest initiative the Mouth Cancer Screening Accreditation Scheme which will launch in April this year.   This is a brand new initiative which will accredit dental practices who actively prove they regularly carry out thorough head and neck cancer screenings and operate clearly documented referral pathways with a local specialist department.”

The charity is indebted to all the fundraisers who came out to support the walk.  For more information about the walk, please visit www.mouthcancerwalk.org.


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The Mouth Cancer Foundation – www.mouthcancerfoundation.org

The Mouth Cancer Foundation is a registered charity no. 1109298. 

In the UK, nearly 8000 people are diagnosed with Mouth Cancer every year.  Cancers can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, and adjacent areas like the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus, and other sites in the head and neck area. In its very early stages, these Mouth Cancers can be easy to ignore.

Symptoms include:

1. An ulcer or white or red patch anywhere in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks

2. A lump or swelling anywhere in the mouth, jaw or neck that persists for more than 3 weeks

3. A difficulty in swallowing, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue

5. A numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth

6. A feeling that something is caught in the throat

7. A chronic sore throat or hoarseness that persists more than 6 weeks

8. An unexplained loosening of teeth with no dental cause

More information about Mouth Cancer is available at the Mouth Cancer Foundation web site www.mouthcancerfoundation.org or by emailing info@mouthcancerfoundation.org



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