Karen’s Story

Karen was a determined, independent, funny and ever so slightly zany.  In January 2007 she was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP).  This didn’t stop her or put a dampener on her character, she continued to work hard in her job as an ITU nurse, where she had worked for 7 years, despite her illness, applying herself in other ways to help the hospital, staff and patients when the chemotherapy meant that she could not work on the ward itself.   Karen was an exceptional nurse and an incredibly caring person and her dedication and determination bought a smile to the faces of so many people.
Karen was a very keen runner and set a fine standard of philanthropy for her friends to follow, having run the London Marthon in 2005 in an impressive four hours and three minutes in memory of her Grandad who died of Alzheimer’s disease.
Karen’s initial wish was to raise enough money to purchase and donate a syringe driver to Iain Rennie.  This simple piece of equipment would enable patients to self-administer their pain relief in their own surroundings.   Over the past five years we have helped many individuals aged 18 to 40 who live in Bucks and have  raised a lot of smiles in the form of grants, providing equipment, support, holidays and donations.
Sadly Karen past away in July 2010 aged 32, she made us smile so much and we aim to share her philosophy with others.
Check out our Big Smiles Base page to see our latest project, the News page will tell you who we’ve recently helped and how has helped us and the Fundraising page will tell you about the fantastic Race Night we held in October.  Please Contact Us or sign up to our Newsletter.