YouCan Stories

YouCan – Youth Cancer Support


Tom Jenkins

Age 24

Stage 2b Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

My name is Tom, and in 2014 I was diagnosed with cancer. YouCan have provided me with great support in my post-treatment recovery, providing complementary therapies and other activities to help me come to terms with my new life. This kind of support may seem so simple, but to me it was absolutely invaluable. I have been on a Wellbeing Weekend with YouCan and met lots of lovely people in a similar situation to mine, and took part in uplifting and relaxing therapies such as yoga, reiki and reflexology. I also took cooking class on the weekend, something I’m sure my girlfriend will be thankful for!! YouCan have also provided me with a wide range of opportunities to get back into exercise and sport for the first time since my treatment. I will be taking part in the first YouCan Run to kick start my energetic lifestyle, and for a chance to give back to a charity that has given me so much.


Wellbeing Weekend

‘Thank you for organising an amazing weekend. Everyone was really lovely and helped provide a really relaxing and much needed break’ – Sarah


‘Thank you for a lovely relaxing and hugely beneficial weekend and for all your efforts. It was very enjoyable’ – Laura


‘Primarily, it was really nice to see Caroline (my sister) be part of a group, feel included and joining in with the fun. That has been invaluable to me’ – Steph


‘Absolutely fantastic weekend. You ladies are amazing and I feel so much better already. You have helped me face up to what I need and I can’t wait to take the next steps to my ‘new normal’ life! Thank you so much’ – Natalie


‘Thank you so much for organising this weekend. I have taken so many positive things away with me and met some lovely people. I feel very lucky to have had this opportunity’ – Jane