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Celebration of Life, celebrates the lives of those affected by cancer, showing the happy moments in the darkest of times
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Why cancer as the topic?  

Matthew’s father Jim was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, and had been a top level athlete all of his life, competing at county level in athletics, and being an Olympic coach to Matthew’s mother. The day before being diagnosed with bowel cancer that had spread to his liver, he had competed in the Great North Run, raising money for British Heart Foundation, as he had suffered a major heart attack back in 2006, what he didn't know at the time of the run was that he had earlier that week suffered from another heart attack, as well as about to be diagnosed with cancer. Even through all that he ran a time of 85 minutes, which for a half marathon is an impressive time, when healthy let alone after that. But in that enjoyment of running, of family and the wonderful man that Jim was, that even in the following dark years, he remained positive and inspired the hearts and souls of everyone he met. But in July 2013 Jim sadly passed away at the age of 59. It is for him and for others like him that this anthology is for, to celebrate their lives, the wonders that they have accomplished and to show that cancer can’t beat us.

For everyone

But this Anthology isn't just about me. Cancer affects us all; whether you've been diagnosed with it yourself or you know and have supported someone who has it. So this Anthology is a place where everyone who has been affected by cancer, no matter how, can express their feelings and tell us their journey. Some stories will be sad, some will be happy but all stories in the Anthology will be focused on what it's like to live with cancer.

Why Kickstarter?

The Kickstarter campaign, will help raise the funds to cover the printing of the 120 page anthology.

Sale of the Anthology

Once completely funded, 100% of the profits from the sale of this Anthology will be donated to cancer charities to further help beat cancer and provide care for those suffering with it and their families. I have spoken with a number of cancer charities who have agreed to support the anthology, though I will leave the decision to which charity the book supports to both you, our backers and the artistic team on the anthology, at the time of the Kickstarter backers survey.  

The Team

Here are the amazing people that are telling their stories in the anthology:

Risks and challenges

Being an anthology the book consists of different artistic teams and relies on them all completing there stories, I have solved this by making sure we have over the number of artistic teams working on the book, with the ability for all of them to be featured by expanding the page number of the anthology so that all stories can be included.

I have contacts with printers and cancer charities, to make sure the anthology can be printed and funds from sales of the anthology can go to help fighting cancer.

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    Tier 1: Thank you - Your name will appear on the supporters page in the back of the anthology

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    Tier 2: Postcards - As well as your name appearing on the supporters page, you'll receive a pack of 5 postcards featuring pin-ups from the anthology.

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    Tier 3: Digital Copy - Get yourself a DRM-free PDF of Celebration of Life: A cancer Anthology. (Also your name will appear on the supporters page in the anthology).

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    A new reward which all current and new backers above £12 will get. Send us an image of yourself or loved one who has suffered from cancer and one of our artists will illustrate them onto a dedication page, which will feature opposite our supporters page.

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    Tier 5: In your hands - You will get a physical copy of the 120 page Celebration of Life: A cancer Anthology and the PDF along with your name on our supporters page.

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    Tier 7: The anthology and poster - You'll receive a physical copy of the anthology as well as an A3 print poster of one of the pin ups from the anthology.

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    Tier 9: Beat Cancer T-shirt - You'll receive everything in tier 5, along with the specially designed beat cancer T-shirt.

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    Tier 10: Tell your story - As well as receiving all rewards from tier 5, I'll help you write your own story to feature in the anthology which one of our artistic team will illustrate.

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    Tier 12: The Original - You'll receive everything in tier 5 as well as a piece of original art such as the piece by Iain Laurie shown above.

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