This autumn easyJet is working with Breast Cancer Now and Prostate Cancer UK in a bid to make life-saving journeys. Through collections on-board UK based flights easyJet will be raising money to fund life-saving research into breast cancer and prostate cancer.
Cabin crew have also been given an opportunity to don special charity branded uniform, including ties, neck scarves, pink and blue epaulettes and pin badges, to further show their support for the causes.
Breast cancer and prostate cancer are the most common cancers in men and women, with one man and one woman dying from these cancers every 45 minutes in the UK.
The causes are close to home, with many easyJet staff stepping forward to support the campaign and share their personal experiences of these cancers.
39-year-old Louise Brislington, an easyJet Cabin Manager, found a lump in her breast the size of a garden pea. She visited her GP straight away and was referred to a breast clinic. After an ultrasound and two biopsies, she was diagnosed with ER+ breast cancer just two weeks before Christmas 2016.
In January 2017, Louise had a lumpectomy, and had lymph nodes removed to see whether the cancer had spread to them. Fortunately, it hadn’t, so Louise was spared chemotherapy. She had a month of radiotherapy and then hormone therapy (tamoxifen), to help prevent the cancer coming back.
Unfortunately, tamoxifen carries a risk of blood clots, and as Louise’s job requires her to spend a lot of time in the air, her doctor changed her on to a different hormone treatment (exemestane), which can be taken by postmenopausal women, or by pre-menopausal women alongside a second drug (zoledex), which puts ovaries ‘to sleep’.
After experiencing some unpleasant side effects from zoledex, she made the decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, to effectively put her into early menopause.
She is now well and regularly exercises, eats healthily and practices meditation.
Louise is looking forward to being part of the Breast Cancer Now and Prostate Cancer UK charity collections on Easyjet flights. She said:
I’m proud to be part of the partnership, and I’m so pleased that we’ll be collecting for both breast cancer and prostate cancer research, they’re such good causes, everyone has been touched by either disease in some way.
Funding research is vitally important, and the treatments now are amazing, it would be incredible to one day find a cure.
To help support families like Louise's and fund life-saving research, look out for collections on-board any UK bound easyJet flight from 1 October until 21 October, and then 29 October until 18 November, All currencies are accepted, so please donate what you can.
Spot one of the easyJet crew in their branded uniform or staff fundraising on your travels? Or have you bought one of the charity pin badges on your way through the airport? Take a photo and share on social media #lifesavingjourneys.