Jean: The impact of gifts in Wills

Posted on: 04 March 2019 by Cancer Research UK

How research helped Jean Bayliss beat her cancer and pledge her support for Cancer Research UK.

Jean Bayliss

“One day, I had this dreadful, dreadful stomach ache and I thought – something’s wrong, I’d better go home.”

After a scan, Jean was diagnosed with advanced non-Hodgkin lymphoma and was told she might not see her 60th birthday.

I was told that I had a 40% chance of survival. My husband and I were absolutely devastated. Then I met Professor Johnson. He put his hand on my arm and said, ‘Let’s see what we can do, shall we?

Jean underwent major surgery and joined a new clinical trial supported by Cancer Research UK, made possible and partly funded by gifts in Wills.

“Within five months I was in remission, and five years later I was told I was clear of cancer”

Jean has gone on to celebrate her 60th and her and her husband’s 70th birthdays.

“Research has enabled me to beat my cancer and I am now looking forward to the future. It’s my pledge to replace fear with hope and give more people more time like I have.”


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