Make it happen

Dr Sheraz Markar, Senior Oesophago-Gastric Fellow and member of Nick's team at the Churchill Hospital proposes a study that may lead to more formal intensive follow-up CT scans for post-operative patients having just had either an esophagectomy or gastrectomy. But to gain funding and support for his work, Sheraz needs our 'patient input' to help him secure his bid. So please make this important work happen by completing his short, 5-minute online questionnaire found via this link:
Ideally, please complete and submit it back to Sheraz as soon as you possibly can - the bid is due to be submitted in the next 2 weeks - Thank You!

Bulls Eye!

Ady Bullock, former patient and supporter of OOSO is about to host a highly prestigious darts event fundraiser in memory of a friend, Ryan Bull. Ryan was an exceptional darts player tragically taken by cancer at the young age of twenty-one. The event is taking place from 10am on Saturday 14th August at the Witney Snooker, Pool and Darts Club (Eagle Industrial Estate, Units 2/4, Church Green, Witney OX28 4YR ). High profile stars from the world of darts are attending the event, which includes a raffle and lunch. A £10 ticket will enter you into a knockout darts competition with prizes, starting at midday.   
Ady is looking for dart board sponsors, an A5 size poster to promote a business will be £50, an A3 poster £200.  50% of all proceeds will be donated to OOSO. If you'd like to know more or get involved, email Ady at Please do join us, we hope to see you there!

Congratulations Emma

We want to congratulate and thank Emma Newlove for completing the London Landmark Half Marathon this last Saturday 31st July, in 1 hour 58 minutes, beating her 2 hour target and raising £670 for us at OOSO. Her Uncle Tony is a supporter of OOSO and a regular on our zoom sessions. So, running with a smile throughout, with a determination to beat her own tough-target, knowing that every step along the way will help others through the traumas of cancer, Emma is truly an inspiration to us all.   

Walk on the Wild Side

"The Thames Path Challenge", Saturday 31st July. Yes we made it, but only just! Despite an early detour through junge-like terrain, in torrential rain, along muddy tracks festooned with nettles and clouds of biting insects, we resolutely ploughed on towards our first and very welcome stop at the Isis Farm Inn. There, after a pint or two, with renewed vigour we walked on to complete our walk at the Trout Inn, altogether rounding the day off with a light bite and cheerful banter. Our adventure along the Thames has already raised over £500. We thank everyone for taking part and those of you who were supporting us. It was a thoroughly enjoyable, albeit very wet, afternoon!

Go Zoom

Please join us for our upcoming group zoom session next Tuesday 10th August from 7pm - 8pm.  This time our hot topic will be "the possibility of cancer returning after surgery, the risk of other cancers forming, and post treatment monitoring".  Being one of the most sensitive and challenging subjects, we know only too well how important this is to us. 

Senior Fellow Dr Sheraz Markar will be joining us to tell us about his proposed study to assess the benefits of post treatment CT monitoring.  We will also endeavour to answer other more general questions you might have. If you have a question please email it to me.

Zoom invites will be circulated this week, ahead of next week's meeting. To receive an invite for this and future meetings, please email me now. If you're not sure how to use zoom and would like a quick practice beforehand, just drop me a line here.
Kind regards
Matt Carter
Chair of the Trustees
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