Sarcoma UK is deeply saddened to hear the news that Carey passed away on Sunday 11 October. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and everyone close to her.
Carey had a type of sarcoma (cancer) called osteosarcoma, which starts in the bone. It usually affects teenagers, young people and occasionally older adults. It is extremely rare, and around 150 people are diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the UK each year. In Scotland, around 15 people are diagnosed with osteosarcoma each year.
If you are worried about bone sarcoma, we have information on our website and you can download or order our “Understanding bone sarcoma” patient information booklet. You can also call us on 020 7250 8271 for support and expert information.
Sarcoma UK works with GPs to increase their understanding of the signs and symptoms of sarcoma so that it is diagnosed earlier. Our online education module with BMJ Learning has helped over 3000 GPs, and our On the Ball Campaign has raised vital awareness with GPs and the public.
Wednesday, 7 October, 2015
Camera Obscura’s keyboard player, Carey Lander has achieved her personal target of £50k for Sarcoma UK and the total continues to rise. Carey, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2011, has rallied world-wide support from Scotland to Japan. Tweets asking for donations to Carey’s JustGiving page have come from good friend and Journalist, Sali Hughes; Broadcasters, Lauren Laverne and Dermot O’Leary; and Columnist Caitlin Moran as well as fellow musicians from around the world. Carey’s Campaign is the largest single appeal in the charity’s history.
Lindsey Bennister, Sarcoma UK’s chief executive said, “We are so grateful to Carey, her family and friends at what is a very difficult time. The support has been overwhelming and it is a real testament to Carey. The funds will make such a huge impact and help transform the landscape for everyone affected by sarcoma. On behalf of Sarcoma UK, we send our thanks to everyone who has helped raise this amazing amount of money for the charity.”