Leeds author to donate portion of book sales to Yorkshire Cancer Research

Date: 23 March 2020

A Leeds life coach and health and wellbeing consultant is to donate a portion of the proceeds from her first book to Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Ndidi Nkwopara wrote her memoir ‘Retreat to Rebirth’ after being successfully treated for thyroid cancer in 2012. 

The experience led her to become involved in Yorkshire Cancer Research’s Wise Up To Cancer community health programme, which aims to raise awareness of signs and symptoms, screening programmes and the ways people can lower their risk of cancer. 

After her cancer diagnosis, Ndidi decided to make changes to her lifestyle, including eating more healthily and exercising regularly. She now focuses on promoting healthy lifestyles and stress management techniques as a way of preventing stress-induced health problems.

‘Retreat to Rebirth’, which took two months to write, details Ndidi’s journey so far, from relocating to the UK from Nigeria with her children to surviving cancer. 

Throughout the book, Ndidi shares personal life lessons which she hopes will inspire women to recognise their worth and cope with the emotional challenges a cancer diagnosis can bring. 

Ndidi said: “I hope my book helps cancer patients deal with the emotions that come with being diagnosed and living with cancer. I also hope it empowers women who may be in a similar situation.

“I decided to donate a percentage of the proceeds of my book to Yorkshire Cancer Research because it’s a cause very close to my heart. While working on the Wise Up To Cancer project I saw how prevention and early diagnosis is key to improving cancer outcomes. I was able to witness first-hand the amazing work the charity is doing for the local community.”

To officially launch the book, Ndidi signed copies for attendees at the Nigerian Community Leeds International Women’s Day event on Sunday, March 8, at the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Health and Wellbeing Hub.

‘Retreat to Rebirth’ can be purchased on Amazon or at Waterstones. 




Contact: Parveen Kauser, PR Assistant, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: parveen.kauser@ycr.org.uk

About Yorkshire Cancer Research

  • Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity. 
  • Current statistics show that 594 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. 
  • Our mission is for 2,000 more people to survive cancer every year in Yorkshire. 
  • There are lots of cancer problems across the region that need to be tackled on a local level. We work in partnership with researchers, clinicians, the NHS, public health bodies and other charities to fund innovative work in four key areas: prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials.
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