An IT businessman living with his own incurable cancer has secured the support of cancer charity Maggie’s as a new e-book edition of his successful charity book is released. 

Last year, Kevin Donaghy, from Melrose unveiled a print edition of ‘Stories of Cancer and Hope’, which aims to provide hope to those affected by cancer through the real-life stories of others. He wrote his own personal story of his experience of being diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma, to share it with people to let them know they were not alone. 

Kevin came up with the idea of asking others to recount their own stories and combine them into a book. The book features 39 personal stories of cancer and hope covering a wide range of cancers and includes the story behind Paxman Scalp Cooling as recounted by Claire Paxman. 

Thanks to thousands of pounds of donations from companies Kevin has turned his dream into reality. In total 6,500 copies have been distributed free of charge to over 70 cancer charities, treatment centres and individuals around the world. 

The e-book version of Stories of Cancer and Hope launched in January, with all profits going directly to Maggie’s

Kevin said, “I’m delighted that this book has been able to help people all over the world as they come to terms with cancer and the impact it has on their, their families and their friends lives. I’ve had people from the USA to Australia telling me how it helped them realise they were not alone, something which I have found both humbling and incredibly fulfilling. ‘Stories of Cancer and Hope’ is a series of real-life experiences, nothing is sugar-coated in any way. But alongside the wrecking ball of cancer, there is hope, pathos and some humour which I believe will provide real hope to others currently affected by cancer, or those yet to be diagnosed in the future.” 

‘Stories of Cancer and Hope’ is available to buy at