Published: 04 August 2014

Surrey cancer care researcher at the Commonwealth Games

Dr Lisa McCann, Senior Lecturer and Lead of e-Health within the School of Health Sciences, played a key role in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – taking part in both the baton relay and closing ceremony.

Dr McCann was nominated to be a baton bearer due to her tireless research to support individuals and families affected by cancer and her long-standing involvement with the charity Aberlour Childcare Trust.

A keen sportsperson, Dr McCann was one of the charity’s volunteer befrienders, working one-to-one with children from vulnerable and disadvantaged home backgrounds. This involved supporting young people in their personal development and relationships, often by providing new opportunities for young people to try different sports and activities. When Lisa ran her first marathon, she raised money for the charity so they could buy sports equipment for the young people to use.

Dr McCann, whose research interests include e-Health and the use of technology at home and in hospital, said, “It was a real honour and privilege to find out that I was nominated, then selected to take part in the baton relay in my community. My 200m leg was within the local high school grounds, so there were lots of children of all ages lining the street. It was a very special day, and I'll have those memories forever.

“I was so excited to perform in the Closing Ceremony. Being part of a mass cast of over 2000 people was a fantastic experience. After weeks of intensive rehearsals, it was great to see the ceremony all come together on the night and finally have my friends and family see what had been planned!

“The atmosphere in Hampden Park was just incredible and so exhilarating. I don't come from a performance or dancing background, so it was something completely new and different for me. It’s not every day you can say you’ve been part of a dance performance with Kylie Minogue, Deacon Blue and Lulu!"

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