Jo: A personal reason to pledge

Posted on: 04 March 2019 by Cancer Research UK

Jo Williamson has been a Cancer Research UK supporter for more than 20 years and has pledged a gift in his Will to help the charity continue its crucial work.

Jo Williamson

In 1993, Jo’s wife Sue was diagnosed with a very rare cancer called a phaeochromocytoma, which had spread to her bones. Jo’s family were told that she had six months to live.

“This was very hard for us as our children were back then, just young teenagers.”

Fortunately, Sue was able to have treatment that allowed her to live a normal life, bring up her children, go back to work and travel the world.

Ten years after her diagnosis, Sue sadly passed away. Jo found out that the gene that had caused her cancer was hereditary. Two of Jo’s children had the gene and have undergone treatment, and they are now being monitored regularly.

I am passionate about helping beat cancer and I hope that a gift in my Will will help find a way of treating people around the world who have the very rare SDH-B gene

“We have been fighting cancer as a family since my wife was diagnosed in 1993. I will continue to fight cancer until I pass away, so why not continue to fight cancer when I am gone?”

“I hope that my gift encourages other people that they can be proactive, and that they can help Cancer Research UK to find cures to beat this terrible disease once and for all.”


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Fundraising RegulatorCancer Research UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464), Scotland (SC041666) and the Isle of Man (1103)”

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