Taking part in sport events and refund policy

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I have just been diagnosed with Melanoma and am waiting for an SLNB and WLE. I am already entered for a marathon next year and would have been booking at least a couple of triathlons but now feel I can’t as I have no idea what treatment I will need and if I can’t attend, the usual policy for these events is no refund and they are expensive. However, I want to be able to enter (they often fill quickly or the price goes up) and have something to aim and train for to keep me positive and focused, which I think will be important for my mental health in the coming months.
I have just read that cancer is considered a legal disability so I am wondering if the refund policy on sporting events could be challenged on the grounds that it makes them less accessible to people with cancer than for people who don’t have assessments and treatment hanging over them?  While I know it isn’t the most important thing, I was wondering if anyone else had thought about it?

  • interesting question and I have no answer for you.

    But you may want to call the Macmillan Support Services on 0808 808 00 00 - most services are open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week Clicking here to see what is available.

    As there may be advisers that may have some knowledge in this area.

    Mike (Thehighlander)

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  • Hi  and a very warm welcome to the online community

    I'm sorry to read that you've just been diagnosed with melanoma and know from personal experience what a shock this can be. Although I don't enter sporting events I know it can be difficult planning things when you don't know what might be happening. Hopefully your WLE and SLNB will come back clear and you won't need any further treatment, just three monthly check-ups.

    Could I suggest that you also post your question in the melanoma group, which I can see you've joined, as you might find people there who have been in a similar position to yourself and might know the answer. If this is something that you'd like to do clicking on the link I've created will take you straight there. You could then copy and paste your message into a new post.

    It would be great if you could pop something about your diagnosis and treatment into your profile as it really helps others when answering or looking for someone with a similar pathway. It also means that you don't have to keep repeating yourself. To do this click on your username and then select 'Profile'. You can amend it at any time and if you're not sure what to write you can take a look at mine by clicking on my username.


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