Aya Gharbawi

A quote that has long-stuck with me is this 'you can choose to blame your circumstances on fate or bad luck or bad choices. Or you can fight back. Things aren't always going to be fair in the real world. That's just how it is. But for the most part, you get what you give. Rest of your life is being shaped right now'

This quote is true - no one chooses to get ill, no one chooses to be sad and no one chooses a difficult life, however, we choose how we deal with it; for ourselves and other people. We don't have to sit back and let life pass us by and assume someone else will help improve the lives of those struggling - that is not the mindset we should have. Instead we should fight, fight for the person who cannot fight - fight what is possibly stronger than us, till it becomes weaker than us - to just fight to our full capacity.

That is why I want to fight Bowel Cancer and I will …

So, why fundraise for Bowel & Cancer research?

As a cancer that is so difficult to pinpoint and one that is amongst the top cancer's, it becomes extremely upsetting to know that it has very poor prognosis. To put this into perspective there are around 41,000 new cases in the UK annually (1/5th of all diagnoses) in which more than 50% of patients die and a survival rate of under 10% in 5 years. That for me needs our attention.

I no longer want to have this perception that ‘someone will take care of it’ or ‘money is already being fundraised’ – because it isn’t true. Every problem deserves and requires our constant attention and desire to actually act on it instead of ‘hope’ - to stop this from damaging families and taking away lives.

My aim is to fundraise money to increase the survival rate of 10% and provide people with the opportunity to live.

Previously, with a target of £6,000, my first promise to all those who donated was if we reach my target of £6,000 I will overcome a major fear of mine and go sky diving - and I did! These patients are the bravest and idolistic to say the least, they fight a battle no height can be more scary - and that's why we should always challenge ourselves and live life to the fullest, to make a difference.

My new target is £10,000 and it is one I will need help with - After I come up with a new challenge and activities to share with you, I hope you can all support me in my journey to making a difference.

William James once wrote:

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.


Lots of love,
Aya xxxx

Aya Gharbawi