‘Have a drink for me as I fight cancer’

Jo Lambert Candlin
Jo Lambert Candlin
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A newlywed with a one-in-a-million form of cancer wants people to buck the dry January trend by having a drink for her.

Jo Lambert Candlin, 36, was diagnosed with cancer of the appendix in 2013 but chemotherapy - which began after her wedding last summer - has not helped.

Jo Lambert Candlin from Brackley is fighting a rare form of cancer and has launched a fundraising raising campaign called #DrinkforJo for Cancer Research UK. PNL-150801-151523009

Jo Lambert Candlin from Brackley is fighting a rare form of cancer and has launched a fundraising raising campaign called #DrinkforJo for Cancer Research UK. PNL-150801-151523009

Undeterred, Jo joined a clinical trial just before Christmas which involves new methods to try and find a cure.

And while she visits the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, Jo wants people to buy a drink and give the cost of it to Cancer Research UK.

She set up #drinkforjo last weekend and received more than £2,100 on her justgiving page in less than 48 hours.

Jo, who lives in Church Road, Brackley, with husband Gareth, 33, cannot drink while she is having treatment so she wants people to have one for her.

She said: “I saw an advert on TV for a dryathalon for charity and thought that’s pretty dull. I don’t want people to give up drinking - something they enjoy - for me. It has given me a much needed boost to know people are supporting me in finding a cure for this horrible and vicious cancer.

“Even if this treatment doesn’t work for me, it’s crucial research.”

Jo grew up in Brackley and went to Magdalen College School before moving to London to work as a comms officer.

But she noticed pain under her ribcage when on holiday in Thailand and was told she had cancer two months later.

Read Jo’s story at www.jo
cancerdiary.wordpress.com and help smash her fundraising target of £5,000 at www.justgiving.com/drinkforJo