Even though Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, she has supported breast cancer research for a decade and this year she conquered her first challenge event. This is Linda’s story.

Here come the girls!

"I first started raising funds for breast cancer back in 2005, for no particular reason other than I saw a sponsored walk marathon advertised and thought that would be fun to get a group of girls together, get fitter and raise some money for a good cause.

"Breast cancer was not something any of us had really given much thought to and I am ashamed to say that I never ever 'checked' myself then! In 2006 I found a lump, panicked and immediately had it checked and it was only a cyst, but that started me checking myself regularly and in the late summer of 2007 I found another lump, which felt different this time.

"Again I went to the doctors and was referred and after all the tests it was confirmed that I had breast cancer. I was 44 with a husband and two children and we were devastated to say the least. I had a mastectomy, chemo, radiotherapy and was prescribed the hormonal therapy drug Arimidex.

"I then continued in earnest to fundraise and it gave me a focus, as well as mentally, keeping fitter really does help me.

"I find it easier to fundraise through organising events and quiz nights are very popular, always sold out! Everyone comes along and has a good fun night and we always raise in excess of £600 each time! I also hold afternoon teas and raffles, and we have 'pink discos' - yes everyone wears something pink!"

Joining Team Now

"For 2016 I decided to run in the London Marathon for Breast Cancer Now. I trained in earnest, as well as organising multiple fundraising events, including a craft event, afternoon tea and two quiz nights.

"Since being diagnosed myself, a couple of my friends and family have also been diagnosed and it has made me more aware of how breast cancer can affect any one of us, regardless of how young or fit and healthy you might think you are.

"I am determined to keep supporting Breast Cancer Now and their current campaign has really caught a lot of attention and I believe that by 2050 everyone will survive it as long as we can keep supporting and raising funds and awareness for continued research."

Fundraising success

"As far as fundraising goes, I really do find that when people are having a good fun time the giving part of it is easy and it’s so much easier than constantly waving a sponsor form, although I do that too! As well as online through sites like JustGiving.

"Well, after much anticipation and training I approached the event, having signed off on my treatment on the Thursday before the actual marathon. All my hard work paid off when I completed the marathon, and went on the raise almost £4,000 for Breast Cancer Now. 2016 is looking to be a good year!"

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Now is good

If like Linda, you believe the time is now, sign up today for your free fundraising pack.

You can be part of the generation that stops breast cancer.

Every action, big or small, gets us a step closer. We’re the people who can make it happen – so let’s get started, now!

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