Supporter Lara shares her story of being diagnosed with breast cancer and why she decided to take on a skydive to remember some of the wonderful women whose lives were so cruelly lost to the disease last year.

Friday 12 August 2016      Challenge events blog
Breast Cancer Now Lara Honnor skydiving

Supporter Lara skydives to support breast cancer research with names of those she was jumping in memory of on her hand

Our supporter, Lara Honnor, made the incredibly brave step to share her experience of breast cancer by filming the year she underwent treatment. Now, she has taken another brave step by taking the plunge – quite literally – and completing a skydive to fundraise for breast cancer research.

I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in October 2014 aged 31. Treatment included IVF to freeze my eggs, a lumpectomy, six rounds of chemo, a re-excision and 23 sessions of radiotherapy.

My mammogram came back clear in October 2015, but I'm still fearful of secondaries occurring and I think I always will be.

When I first heard Breast Cancer Now’s ambition of preventing all deaths from breast cancer by 2050, it really struck a chord with me. I have made friends with other breast cancer ladies throughout my journey and it is devastating watching young women deteriorate and lose their lives; beautiful ladies with young families who had so much more life to live.

Being angry at cancer but supporting research to end it

I recently went to a friend’s funeral and her 8 year old daughter got up and read a beautiful piece she had written for her mummy. It broke my heart and then I suddenly felt so angry; angry at cancer for taking that lovely little girl’s mummy away from her. I want that to never happen again.

In the past I have run the London Marathon, the Brighton Marathon this year and most recently, I jumped out of a plane for Breast Cancer Now.

I made a film documenting my year of treatment and I also write a blog called 'Get Your Tits Out!' which has a good following, so I added a link to my JustGiving page to direct people to my fundraising.

To mark my one year 'Cancer-versary' I threw a party where everyone had to wear a wig and donate money in my Breast Cancer Now skydive bucket. I love cake and a good party so I might have one soon to support my fundraising and charge people to stuff their faces!

Absolutely terrifying - BUT I DID IT!

Before I jumped, loads of people told me that free falling is the best bit. Well, I can tell you that it’s not.

But as soon as the parachute opened, THAT was the best bit. I was suddenly flying like the seagulls I see every day in Brighton. 

As we floated down through the clouds, I told my instructor Janus about the amazing ladies I was jumping for, whose lives were lost so cruelly to breast cancer over the past year. 

He told me, “They haven’t gone, they’ve just relocated, trust me on that one”, and coming from someone who throws himself out of a plane 550 times a year, and is the closest to heaven, I really hope he’s right.

Why you should take on a challenge to support Breast Cancer Now

Around 11,500 women and 80 men die in the UK every year from breast cancer and that is 11,580 too many.

To me, it also seems like more and more young people are getting breast cancer these days - people much younger than 50 years old when routine breast screening starts.

Something has to be done to stop these deaths and allow breast cancer patients to live to see their children grow up.

Thank you so much to everyone who sponsored me and I’ve been able to raise over £1,000 to support the work of Breast Cancer Now.

Remembering these beautiful ladies who touched our lives – they are never ever forgotten: Claire Hannant, Jojo Gingerhead, Rosie Choueka, Kellie Rea, Sandra Minuto and Danielle Louise White.

This jump is for you, ladies.

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