How the OPA was founded

Life President

Our Life President is David Kirby OBE who established the OPA in 1985.

How was the OPA founded?

OPA Cancer Charity (OPA) was founded in 1985 by David Kirby following his recovery from oesophageal cancer.  Curative treatment involves major surgery which inevitably results in some long term digestive problems. David found that talking to new patients about his own experience was immensely helpful to them as they faced their own treatment, and could improve their attitude of mind.  David visited patients in hospital every week for many years and spoke at conferences in the UK and abroad.  He was awarded an OBE in 2000 and David is the life time President for the OPA.