Dr Kate Granger, the Yorkshire doctor who created the international #hellomynameis campaign to encourage medical staff to get to know their patients as individuals, has died just three days after her fundraising total reached £250,000.
A consultant gerontologist, she died from cancer, aged 34 and on her 11th wedding anniversary. She was raising funds for cancer care.
When she was diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of cancer at 29, she set about completing a bucket list of activities, and pledged to tweet from her deathbed to help the public recognise and accept death and mortality.
— chris pointon (@PointonChris) July 24, 2016
She set herself the task of raising funds for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre in Leeds. Her original target in 2012 was £50,000. It was subsequently raised to £250,000 which she achieved in the past week.
— Kate Granger (@GrangerKate) July 20, 2016
The charity shared its sadness and respect for her achievements this morning:
We are devastated to hear of the passing of our champion fundraiser @GrangerKate. A wonderful friend to the appeal, we will miss her dearly.
— Yorkshire Cancer Ctr (@YCC_Appeal) July 25, 2016
She wrote two books. Her first, The Other Side, told the story of her diagnosis and experience as a patient. She donated all proceeds of its sale to the charity appeal.
Dr Granger created the #hellomynameis campaign after hearing how she and other patients were referred to by some medical staff. She wanted them to introduce themselves so that both parties knew whom they were talking to.
The campaign has proved immensely popular, with the NHS and other healthcare systems around the world adopting the approach.
Her impact and achievements are demonstrated by the range and quality of the people whom she touched and inspired in her campaigning:
— John (@JM_Underwood) July 24, 2016
— #HelloMyNameIsPhilip (@respirologist) July 11, 2016
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) July 24, 2016
— Marie Curie (@mariecurieuk) July 21, 2016
— SaintFrancisHospice (@SFHUK) July 24, 2016
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) July 13, 2016
— Nicola Furbisher (@NicolaFurbisher) July 24, 2016
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