I completed my eighth and final round of chemotherapy on Unicornfest’s auction night. So, instead of ringing the traditional end of treatment bell, I supported Leukaemia Care by buying my very own unicorn!
During my treatment, I saw others ringing the bell, marking the end of their chemotherapy sessions. But for me, I didn’t feel ready for that moment because it didn’t symbolise the end of my journey. It marked the completion of one phase, but there were still challenges ahead. I was happy for those completing their treatment and but felt a sadness for those who wouldn’t have the chance.
In my search for a meaningful way to commemorate this moment, I came across a beautiful two-metre tall unicorn sculpture, the ‘Guardian of the Ocean,’ painted by the talented artist Farrah Fortnam. At the Unicornfest auction held in Bristol, I purchased the unicorn for £3,400.
The ‘Guardian of the Ocean’ has now found its home at Lusty Glaze Beach in Newquay, a place deeply connected to my spirit and love for the ocean. I chose this magnificent creature as a symbol of strength and resilience. It embodies the fighting spirit that has kept me going throughout my journey.
Lusty Glaze Beach, with its vibrant community and positivity, is the perfect setting for the ‘Guardian of the Ocean.’ We invite visitors to take photos with the unicorn and share them on social media using the hashtag #LustyUnicornForLeukaemiaCare.
By doing so, we hope to raise awareness and funds for Leukaemia Care, a charity that provided me with crucial support during my diagnosis. I am immensely grateful for the unwavering support of my family, friends, and colleagues who have stood by me throughout this challenging time. A special thanks goes to the dedicated team at the Haematology Unit, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, and the Headland Unit. Their support has been my strength. I’m excited about the future and the opportunities we have to create magic with our ‘Guardian of the Ocean.’
Tracey signed up to our Buddy Scheme to speak to someone who had experienced what she was going through. “Rory, my buddy, has been incredibly supportive, and I am grateful for all the advice and check-ins we’ve had.” If you too could benefit from talking to someone, or perhaps want to support someone throughout their own journey, we would love to hear from you. Head into 2024 by connecting with others. Click here for more information.
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