Cuba Parris

Please briefly describe your clinical/medical experience to date?

I attend the University of Sheffield to study Biomedical Science. After graduating I returned home to London where I worked as a Healthcare Support Worker, working on the Children’s and Young People’s day unit at The Royal Marsden Hospital. I worked here for two years before being accepted to study Graduate Entry Medicine at the University of Sheffield.

What motivated you to enter paediatric medical care in the first place?

I’ve always wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember, however my first experience of working with children was when I started volunteering at a charity called Mencap and Gateway based in Sheffield. Here I engaged and worked with children with a wide range of learning disabilities. Then, upon graduating, I started working as a paediatric Healthcare Support Worker at The Royal Marsden Hospital and this is where I really fell in love with working with children and collaboratively with colleagues and the patient’s family to help provide them with the best care possible. I particularly loved working in oncology and meeting and caring for very special patients, such as Evie, who has motivated me to pursue paediatrics once I complete my medical degree, in the hope that I can try to have a positive impact on the lives of many other children and their families in the future.

How will the funding from The Evie Dove Foundation help you to advance your career and your impact/services to children?

The funding I receive from The Evie Dove Foundation will allow me to fund my accommodation and living expenses whilst at university studying for my medical degree. This will enable me to fully focus on my studies without having to worry about funding my course or getting a part time job, allowing me to get involved in events such as volunteering at Sheffield’s Teddy Bear Hospital charity event; an I volunteered at in March where healthcare students educate children on what to expect when attending hospital in a fun and interactive way.

How did you find out about The Evie Dove Foundation?

I’m aware of the charity due to my time caring for Evie whilst I worked at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Tell us about yourself!

I’m from London, but I currently live in Sheffield as I am studying Medicine at The University of Sheffield. When at home, I live with my Dad and I also have an older sister and an identical twin brother too. In my free time I really enjoying watching and playing sports, especially Karate where I compete internationally and have previously placed 9th and 7th at the Senior World and European championships respectively. When I’m not studying or competing, I also enjoy spending time with my loved ones, watching films or series, eating good food and making other people smile/laugh.

Anything else you would like to tell us about your experience, future aspirations and motivations?

I have recently passed my first year of Graduate Entry Medicine and will soon be starting my clinical placements. A dream of mine would be to work in paediatric oncology as I have a real passion for helping improve the live of children and their families and my main motivation for wanting to pursue this field is Evie. Evie was such a kind, caring and loving person and I hope that by working in paediatric oncology, I can attempt to help many other amazing children, just like Evie, who have cancer and improve their lives.