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A cancer survivor is handing out 'cancer on board' badges on the tube

Isabelle Aron

Nobody likes those people who desperately scan the tube carriage as it pulls into the platform, and promptly make a beeline for the one empty seat as soon as the doors open. Sure, we all want to sit down, but some people actually need to. Thankfully, the official 'baby on board' badges mean that you can easily spot a pregnant woman in need of a seat without having to make any awkward assumptions. But now a London cancer survivor is handing out 'cancer on board' badges to encourage people to make space for those suffering from cancer, whose symptoms aren't always visible.

James McNaught, who is behind the project, used to travel on the tube to the Macmillan Cancer Centre when he was receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy for a tumour on his tonsil. He says the appointments often left him unable to speak, which is why he came up with the idea for the badges. He's now in talks with TfL about how they can help support people with illnesses that aren't visible.

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