This Mother's Day, give a gift to save lives sooner.
Every day in the UK, more than 30 women lose their lives to breast cancer. Mothers, sisters, wives and daughters – women who made our world that much brighter, women like Amanda Jones’ daughter, Becs.
Becs lost her life to breast cancer only one year after she was diagnosed – at just 33. This Mother’s Day, her mother Amanda has bravely chosen to share her story so that, by 2050, no one else will have to spend this precious time without a loved one.
You can help Amanda make that happen by donating to our life-saving research today.
Every mother’s nightmare
Born two weeks late, and following a miscarriage scare, Becs arrived determined to live life to the full, no matter what.
"Kind and loving, Becs was an absolute joy to be around. She never failed to touch those around her,” Amanda remembers.
“So when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was a really distressing and overwhelming time for the whole family.
Treatment started immediately and Becs received the very best care from the doctors. She faced chemotherapy and a mastectomy with an almost superhuman courage, but it was a gruelling regime that often left her sick and exhausted. It is every mother’s nightmare to see their child in pain and not be able to take that pain away.”
I miss Becs desperately, every day
Despite her unfaltering bravery and positivity, Becs’ cancer spread to her liver and she passed away less than a year after being diagnosed with the disease.
“I miss Becs desperately, every day. But I know I am endlessly blessed to have known her, my brave girl, our little ray of sunshine.
"This Mother’s Day I will be thinking of her laughter, her beautiful auburn hair and the treasured years we spent together. And I know I’ll be more determined than ever to help her spirit live on.”
Help save lives sooner
Becs lost her life when her breast cancer spread. This is what’s known as secondary breast cancer, and it’s currently incurable.
Your donation will help fund researchers like Dr Mette Mogensen, who is determined to find out why breast cancer cells spread to other parts of the body – and how we can stop this from happening.
“If cells have too much of a protein called EB2, they move to other parts of the body, which can be life threatening,” explains Dr Mogensen.
“So far, my team’s research has shown that some breast cancer cells have too much EB2, which makes it easier for them to spread and form secondary tumours. By trying to understand how EB2 helps breast cancer cells change, we are hoping to develop new treatments to stop breast cancer cells spreading and, ultimately, save lives.”
Thanks to scientists like Dr Mogensen, we are making real progress, but we won’t stop until every woman who faces breast cancer survives.
We urgently need your help to fund research to ensure that no one else will have to suffer the loss of a woman they love to breast cancer.