— The Josh Carrick Foundation

Steve and Arlene awarded the Prime Ministers Point of Light Award

Very proud and happy that two such fantastic people have been awarded the Prime Ministers Point of Light Award. Huge congratulations to Steve and Arlene!

Prime Minister Recognises Parents Fighting Cancer in Honour of their Son

In 2010 Steve and Arlene’s son Josh was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He was just 22 years old and about to attend the induction day for his dream job at IBM. After graduating with a degree in computer science Josh was looking forward to a bright future but unfortunately the cancer took his life just twelve months later. His family and friends were devastated at the loss of such a bright and brilliant man and wanted to do something to honour his memory. In 2012 they applied to become a registered charity and set up the Josh Carrick Foundation.

Steve and Arlene felt there was a lack of research and exposure for the cancer. Along with their son Dominic; Josh’s girlfriend; and nine fellow graduates and friends from the University of Nottingham they set up the charity with the aim of becoming one of the leading contributors to testicular cancer research in the UK. Underpinning this ambition was an extraordinary group of people united in the common purpose of alleviating the suffering which testicular cancer inflicts. In partnership with Cancer Research UK, IBM and the University of Nottingham they have become a significant force in the fight against cancer.

So that Josh’s memory could continue to inspire, IBM provided a £100 prize for the top-performing first year student in the School of Computer Science at the University, plus a visit to its UK innovation labs for the top five students. For Josh’s family and friends, the fact that Josh’s energy continues to live through the work of other students gives them comfort that his memory and legacy will never be forgotten.

The charity has directly supported two projects at the forefront of tackling testicular cancer by providing regular, annual funding. To date they have raised over £300,000 and they are now on the lookout for a third project to support.

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