Our amazing supporter Jason Guy, 38, has written a moving letter to his beautiful wife Lucy in this month’s issue of Bella Magazine.
Jason’s wife Lucy was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer*, an aggressive form of the disease, in May 2013. The cancer had spread to Lucy’s lymph nodes, so these were removed before she started chemotherapy. After the chemo, Lucy had a lumpectomy, then radiotherapy.
In April 2014, she got the all clear. Two months later, whilst on holiday, Lucy found a lump under her arm. The cancer had returned.
After dealing calmly and courageously with the progression of the disease, Lucy passed away at home in June 2015, surrounded by her loved ones. This Christmas will be Jason’s first without Lucy and it breaks his heart. “Not only was she beautiful on the outside – but beautiful on the inside too,” says Jason.
He proposed to Lucy on her 33rd birthday in September 2014 and they were married in February this year. Jason will spend Christmas Day with her mum, dad and Lucy’s daughter Chloe, and they all know that Lucy will be with them in spirit.
Supported by Jason and Chloe, Lucy helped to set up fundraising events to help other patients before she died. Their amazing fundraising effort has so far raised over £70,000 Breast Cancer Now and the names of Jason, Lucy and Chloe all appear on our 6th Challengers’ Wall which was unveiled at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in South Kensington, London last month.
“Breast cancer is an extremely unfair battle. I don’t look at it in the sense that Lucy has lost her fight. She hasn’t died in vain. I am going to do all I can to raise funds and awareness for the charity.”
Moving forward, Jason is passionate about supporting breast cancer research and intends carry on with Lucy’s strength and courage as they seek to hit their £100,000 fundraising target. Activities have so far included sponsored cycle rides, golf days, sport dinners, coffee mornings and a charity football match.
To make a donation, or learn more, please visit the Legacy4Lucy website.
*15-20% of breast cancer cases are triple negative. Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) is defined as a type of breast cancer where the cells lack three proteins (estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and HER2 receptor) commonly associated with other types of the disease. Lacking any of these receptors, triple negative tumours do not respond well to current targeted therapies such as Herceptin, or hormone treatments such as tamoxifen.