John Wilkinson, a deputy area director for HSBC Corporate Banking in Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley, was approaching 50 years of age, and had everything he could have wished for, a good balance between his loving family and a busy work life, but in 2017, his world was turned upside down.
An aggressive, large and very rare cancerous tumour had taken residence in his face and John’s future looked extremely bleak. He underwent 30 hours of life-changing maxillofacial surgery across several operations, received almost 400 stitches and then endured further treatments of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. His family, friends and medical team were amazed at his resolve and wanted to bottle some of his mindset.
Whilst recovering from the shock of the first operation, John had an epiphany. He wished to help others facing cancer and give something back – a ‘thank you’ to those who had saved him and decided to write a book.
Since publishing the book, John has been on a book launch tour, which has been generously supported across the region and beyond by his HSBC colleagues, friends and business associates. Matt Povey, Deputy Head of Corporate Banking in Oxfordshire said “We were delighted to support the launch of John’s book and it was great to see so many of the Oxfordshire business community join us at the Oxford Retreat for the event. John is a true inspiration to all of us.”
To see further details and to purchase a book please visit the website www.facecancer.org.uk