Rachel Eldridge was diagnosed with a type of cancer in her 20s which caused her to completely reassess her life and live in the moment more. She has bravely decided to sign up and skydive in support of St Barnabas Hospice this September!
Rachel said, “I was 29 when I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In one simple moment, one doctor’s appointment, it literally felt like my world fell apart. What followed was a year filled with worry, with blood tests, scans, biopsies, twelve rounds of chemotherapy, more scans, pain, sickness, tiredness, medication, doctors’ appointments, hospital stays, until finally in 2011 I received my all clear.
“Without a doubt this remains the hardest thing I have ever been through; something I simply couldn’t have got through without the unfaltering support of my husband, family and friends.
“Around two years ago, I had another health scare which really made me evaluate my priorities. Thankfully it wasn’t anything sinister, but there’s nothing like a reminder of that nature to put things in perspective.
“So, on the 18th September, I will be marking my ten-year anniversary of that all-important all-clear result and my 40th birthday by throwing myself out of a plane for the fantastic charity that is St Barnabas. If my experience has taught me anything, it’s that we should live for today. Don’t take for granted what you have – treasure it.
“Skydiving is something I have always wanted to try, but somehow never managed to find the right reason to do it until now.
“St Barnabas provides an absolutely vital service to the people of Lincolnshire. In the current climate it is even more critical that they get the donations they need in order to continue to provide this service. Without a doubt I would think most people in Lincolnshire could think of someone they know whose life has been touched by St Barnabas Hospice.
“I feel so excited to have this opportunity, as well as slightly nervous. Any support with either sponsorship money or well wishes would be gratefully appreciated!”