Our patron – Sean Hepburn Ferrer
Through his patronage of Pseudomyxoma Survivor and his involvement with Eurordis, Sean Hepburn Ferrer has observed that those involved with pseudomyxoma peritonei and other rare diseases regardless of whether they are patients, their relatives, members of the scientific and medical community, industry representatives or the general public, are all united in their extraordinary crusade by one single purpose: solidarity. Joining together through support groups such as ours is the secret to breaking the isolation that comes with such as diagnosis. Being part of such a community, a family, makes us alone no longer.
“Please join our support community and lend us one more hand to hold onto.”
Sean’s mother, Audrey Hepburn is one of history’s most iconic actresses, style icons and Humanitarian Ambassadors. She lost her fight to pseudomyxoma adenocarcinoma cancer on January 20th 1993, aged just 63, yet her elegance and style will live on forever. Today, her diagnosis would have been pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP).
Quoting from Sean’s biography of his mother on the days surrounding the loss of his dear mother:
“There we were… not just faced with the loss of a mother, a companion, but of an extremely valuable contributor to society. Medicine was helpless but for giving us those precious few months to tell her how much we treasured her … how much we loved her.
And yet she helped us through it, explaining how the taller trees must fall to let the light through to the saplings. As she put it – ‘it’s part of the cycle of nature – of life’.¹
Audrey Hepburn was a role model for Pseudomyxoma Survivor’s founder, Dawn Green. When fighting her own cancer battles, one of her favourite sayings was a quote from Audrey:
“Nothing is impossible,
the word itself says
I “ummed and ahhhhhed” over how useful I thought it might be to those of us that have been through the cytoreductive surgery or MOAS (Mother Of All Surgeries) and those who may be newly diagnosed and about to face the surgery.
Courage in the face of cancer and of treatment is a common thread running through all our PMP and appendix cancer survivors’ stories.