Britcon sponsored Team Verrico Charity Event 'An Evening with Kevin Keegan' this weekend! An amazing charity supporting families facing rare or hard to treat cancers.
To date the charity has raised money to support over 70 families, funded over 750 counselling sessions, paid for 8 research grants into statistically less significant cancers and assisted those undergoing treatment by providing 183 travel support packages and 136 hotel rooms in that period.
Team Verrico funds cutting edge research aiming to find new or improved treatments for cancer. They have funded research projects undertaken by the University of Sheffield, University of Brighton and University of Nottingham.
The charity helps: ‘To promote and protect the physical and mental health of sufferers and their families of particularly lethal medical conditions’. Any money pledged to individual missions goes directly to that fund. Team Verrico’s involvement is raising awareness of these individual fights and wherever possible providing assistance and encouragement to additional fundraising efforts.
The charity seeks to further this objective through supporting the publication of research in the area of triple negative breast cancer and through producing informative films and events to raise awareness of the disease.
The charity was established in memory of Anna Verrico a mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend who had a thirst for life and who was full of ambition. And then cancer arrived. Initially, the diagnosis in November 2012 was of a stage 1, grade 3 tumour, which was triple negative in nature. It didn’t appear to have spread and so aggressive surgery and chemotherapy followed. Anna had no cancer risk factors: she had always been a fit and healthy girl, eating an organic diet, abstaining from nicotine and drinking rarely. There was no family history of the disease. Her death, on the late evening of 19 November 2013, was a tragedy to all who loved her.
Photograph - Names left to right: Darren Hunt, Derrick Hunt, Gloria Hunt, Kevin Keegan, Lisa Hunt, Shaun Hunt, Michelle Hunt, Alicia Snow & Declan Hunt.