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How Macmillan helped Mario

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Macmillan Cancer Support’s research shows that one in four people diagnosed with cancer in the UK will lack support from family or friends during their treatment and recovery.

People can feel isolated because of the emotional, financial, practical and physical impact of cancer. By working together, we can help to ensure no one will face cancer alone and that we are there for people like Mario.  

As he was self-employed and too ill to work, Mario struggled to keep his restaurant going, which meant he couldn’t pay the rent. And because a lot of his family lived overseas, he felt isolated and in need of a listening ear. It was his Macmillan nurse, Pat, who made sure he didn’t face cancer alone.

‘It was very scary – there was a point when I could’ve been homeless,’ Mario explains. However, he was able to get a council flat and Pat helped him apply for a Macmillan Grant to furnish it. Mario says, ‘Pat and the Macmillan Grant took a lot of worry away for me. She was the one person I could turn to and she helped me through many difficult times.’



And now he’s in remission, Mario has decided to give something back, so he’s started volunteering at his local Macmillan information and support centre. Here he works with a team of professionals to provide a wide range of support, such as help with money worries and information about all aspects of living with cancer.

If you or your colleagues support people affected by cancer, we offer information and support that you might find helpful. From help with money worries to emotional and practical support, the Macmillan team is here for everyone affected by cancer.

Find out about Macmillan services for your patients, or that you might like to tell your colleagues supporting people affected by cancer about, at


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