Myeloma UK has been speaking to the family of Patricia Mead, who have given a generous donation of £20,000 in her memory. Her husband David says it was important to Pat that they support Myeloma UK, “Pat was passionate about all aspects of the work Myeloma UK undertakes, especially the search for a cure – and in the many ways they support patients and families.”
Patricia was diagnosed with myeloma in November 2014. David explains, “After Pat fractured her hip and then broke her arm by just lifting an empty saucepan, we knew something was wrong.”
Dr Simon Moule at Wexham Park Hospital explained the diagnosis to the couple. David continues, “His words were ‘currently there is no cure for myeloma but it is manageable’ – this became our mantra. From the moment Dr Moule broke the news to us, we were always positive. Pat’s daily life became intertwined with the management of her myeloma, in the hope that a cure would be found.”
David says throughout her life with myeloma, Patricia received a large amount of support, “Pat took great comfort from the professionalism and kindness she received in bucket loads from Dr Moule and the staff in The Eden Ward and Day Unit at Wexham Park Hospital.
“Her second source of support was Myeloma UK. She was really interested in the Patient and Family Infodays, and Living Well with Myeloma webinars which she never missed. Thanks to Myeloma UK, Pat was able to join a local Myeloma Support Group which she regularly attended.”
Patricia passed away in November 2016. David says, “We all miss her enormously as she played such a prominent part in our lives. We know that the donation Pat wanted us to give will be used wisely in furthering the work of Myeloma UK.”
Myeloma UK thanks Patricia’s husband David and their daughters, Karen and Sacha, for their generous donation in her memory.
To discuss donating, fundraising, or leaving a gift in your will to support the work of Myeloma UK please call the Fundraising Team on 0131 557 3332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For support and information on myeloma, call the Myeloma Infoline free from the UK on 0800 980 3332.