Breast Cancer Now's Unlock Kadcyla campaign has beaten off stiff competition to be shortlisted for the Scottish Charity Awards 2017.

Tuesday 16 May 2017      Campaigns and policy Scotland
Scottish Kadcyla campaigners - Lesley, Lesley, Anne and Alison

Scottish Kadcyla campaigners - (left to right) Lesley, Lesley, Anne and Alison

The Unlock Kadcyla campaign is in the running for the coveted Cracking Campaign Award at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) ceremony in June.

Breast Cancer Now’s Unlock Kadcyla campaign has transformed treatment options for women with incurable HER2 positive breast cancer in Scotland. Four incredible mums with this condition persuaded global pharmaceutical company Roche and drugs approval body the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) to reach a deal that made revolutionary drug Kadcyla available on the NHS in Scotland.

Harnessing the power of social and print media, the campaign petition urging the two bodies to find an agreement attracted over 13,000 signatures in just six days.

Most importantly, on 10 April 2017 the SMC announced their landmark decision to make the revolutionary breast cancer drug, Kadcyla, routinely available on Scotland’s NHS for the first time – giving Scottish women with incurable breast cancer hope of more precious time to live.

The campaign has also been entered into the People’s Choice Award, which is voted for by members of the public. People can vote for the campaign online.

Alison Tait from Edinburgh is a single parent living with secondary breast cancer who has been at the forefront of the Unlock Kadcyla campaign. Commenting on the nomination she said:

“I’m absolutely delighted that the campaign has been nominated for this prestigious award. I feel honoured to have been part of such a life-changing campaign. The biggest reward has been giving hope to women with secondary breast cancer, like me, who can now routinely access this revolutionary drug on Scotland’s NHS.”

Lesley Graham, from Glasgow has played an integral part in leading the Unlock Kadcyla campaign to success. She said:

“It’s fantastic that the judges have recognised the huge difference that our campaign has made for women with secondary breast cancer. This campaign means a lot to all of us - we wanted to use our personal experience of living with this disease to help others.

“I’m looking forward to sharing a lovely evening at the awards with my new campaigning friends! We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed so please, please vote for us to win the People’s Choice Award”

Mum of two and Unlock Kadcyla campaigner, Anne MacLean-Chang from Larbert said:

“I’m so proud of the campaign and what we’ve all been able to achieve. Being shortlisted for this award is a big highlight. Hopefully it’s also an opportunity to highlight that women with breast cancer need access to the best treatments on the NHS.

“I would like to urge everyone to vote for the campaign for the People’s Choice Award too. It only takes a minute to cast your vote!”

Lesley Stephen from Edinburgh has also been at the heart of the campaign after struggling to gain access to Kadcyla. Speaking of the award nomination she adds:

“Its brilliant news! We’re all so pleased that the campaign has been shortlisted and it’s fantastic that we’re in the running for the People’s Choice Award too.

“Please do vote for us - it would mean a lot to everyone involved and help us to raise even more awareness of secondary breast cancer.”

Mary Allison, Director for Breast Cancer Now in Scotland said:

“Our Unlock Kadcyla campaign was driven by four amazing women who have achieved something remarkable. They have changed the face of treatment for women with incurable HER2 positive breast cancer in Scotland.

“This award nomination is a wonderful way to celebrate this astounding victory and thank everyone involved in making this campaign a success.”

You can vote for the Unlock Kadcyla campaign for the People’s Choice Award online via the Scottish Charity Awards 2017 website