This year, Breast Cancer Now supporter, Donna, is taking on not just one or two, but three challenge events! Here, she tells us how she got involved after her mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, and with secondary breast cancer in 2015.
I signed up to take part in my first event for Breast Cancer Now, the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, because not only does the charity have gorgeous pink vests but they also fund research into secondary breast cancer.
Research into this area is important to me because my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2009. It was the week my daughter, Mia, was born and, in a week that should have been full of joy, we were shocked to be given the heart-breaking news. Mum is a fighter and she bravely sailed through chemotherapy, radiotherapy, losing her hair, and all of the rigmarole that goes with it. She continued to smile and loved having Mia around to take her mind off of it.
Secondary breast cancer
The charity is even closer to my heart this year because it’s back - Mum was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer at the beginning of September last year. It was devastating news going for the tests; unsure of what was going to happen.
Hearing that the cancer has spread to her bones and is incurable so can only be controlled with treatments is overwhelming, so I'm just trying to do my little bit, in the only way I know how to.
I'm helping to raise funds and awareness for this great charity because controllable is not good enough. Because a cure needs to be found. Because living with a time bomb is not acceptable.
You won’t be lacking in support
Please help support me and the charity to help find a cure, to provide further research into secondary cancer treatments and preventatives by signing up to one (or a few!) of the great challenges that Breast Cancer Now offer. I'm amazed at how supportive friends and family have been through sponsorship – you won’t be lacking in support!
To help reach my fundraising goal, I will also be holding a coffee morning and selling cakes at my children's school. A lovely friend has made me a rag doll so I'll be selling the chance for people to give it a name, and the Euros are sure to help me raise some funds with a sweepstake.
As well as running the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, I’ll also be raising awareness for Breast Cancer Now by taking part in the Brighton Marathon and cycling from London to Brighton in September. Hopefully next year they'll invite me back to take on more challenges too!
Have you been inspired by Donna's story? Whether you're a runner, a cyclist or a swimmer, we have challenges for every ambition and fitness level. Take a look at our challenge events page to find your perfect event and sign up for challenge today.
For more information about secondary breast cancer and the treatments available, have a look at our guide to secondary breast cancer