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Soon after retirement, Ron Taft was diagnosed with Paget’s disease. At that time the only treatment he could be given was painkillers. He discovered the Paget’s Association, which was known then as the National Association for the Relief of Paget’s Disease and became involved with the Manchester Support Group. Ron eventually came to lead the group. For many years, together with his wife Elsie, Ron supported people diagnosed with Paget’s disease through the support group until 2014.
Ron also served as a Trustee of the Paget’s Association for many years until 2013 when, in his 90’s, he retired from the board. In 2014, the Board of Trustees awarded Ron the position of Honorary Patron in recognition of the many years of support he has given the Paget’s Association.
In 2017, Ron attended a Paget's Information Day and took part in a video to explain how Paget's disease affected him and how the Paget's Association supported him for many years.
In 2018, at the age of 94, Ron sadly passed away. The Paget's Association lost not only a Patron but a true supporter and friend.
Mrs Doreen Beck MBE passed away in January 2018. Having developed Paget’s Disease of Bone, Mrs Doreen Beck MBE, from Banbridge in Northern Ireland, became a prolific fundraiser for the Paget’s Association. In total, she and her helpers, raised over £230,000. This is an amazing achievement for which she was awarded an MBE in 1996. She was an incredible lady who will be sadly missed.
When Doreen first found out that she had Paget’s disease, she struggled for some time to find help for her condition and her pain. Until that is, she came across the Paget’s Association. With advice and encouragement from the Charity, she finally found doctors who understood the condition and could give her the treatment she so badly needed.
Paget’s disease forced Doreen to retire early from nursing and so in 1988, Doreen’s fundraising began. She organised a street collection on behalf of the Association, and before she knew it, she was doing several collections a week, sometimes supported by other enthusiastic and dedicated helpers.
The funds raised have been used for many projects over the years. In 2015, in recognition of her tremendous support, the Paget’s Association created the Doreen Beck Student Research Bursary to encourage research into this painful bone condition.
One of our longest serving Patrons, Sir Julian Paget passed away peacefully, on the 25th September 2016. Sir Julian had been involved with the Paget's Association for almost 20 years and members always looked forward to his fascinating talks at our Oxford conferences.
The Paget Baronetcy, of Harewood Place in the County of Middlesex, was created in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom in 1871 for the surgeon and pathologist James Paget, after whom Paget’s disease was named. Sir Julian was the great-grandson of Sir James Paget.
Our Honorary President, Professor Graham Russell reflects on Sir Julian’s time with the Association: “Sir Julian will be remembered with great affection. He gave great support to our Charity over many years. He attended several of the conferences on Paget’s disease held at St Catherine’s College in Oxford from 1998 onwards. He enjoyed meeting many of the leading international scientists and doctors involved in research into Paget’s disease. His talks about the Paget family and especially his great-grandfather, Sir James Paget, after whom the disease was named, were always highly appreciated. We will miss him.”
In memory of my sister Jose who suffered from Paget's for so many years and sadly passed away on Sunday 4th. October 2015. Jose will be deeply missed by all her family. From Sherena, Ron and family. xxxxxx
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