Monday, June 24, 2024

Letter to editor: Raise a cuppa. Raise money. Raise hope

Dear Editor,

BREAST Cancer Now’s Afternoon Tea is back this August, and I can’t wait to dust off my whisk and stick the kettle on to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Now. Will you join me?

Every 10 minutes, someone in the UK hears the words “you have breast cancer”. Sadly, I lost my dear mum Jane to breast cancer when she was just 56. Years later, when I found a lump while breastfeeding my daughter Liberty, I wasted no time getting it checked out. Hearing I had the same disease as my mum was devastating, but the advances in treatment since my mum’s diagnosis meant I recovered and could be there for my little girl as she grew up.

Only breast cancer wasn’t done with me yet, and in February 2023 I was diagnosed again in my other breast. Luckily this tumour was caught early, so my treatment has been successful.

It’s been a tough journey, especially for Liberty who is older now and understands so much more – which is why we’ve decided to host an Afternoon Tea for Breast Cancer Now.

Every day, Breast Cancer Now’s research brings us closer to finding new treatments and a future where everyone with breast cancer lives and is supported to live well. That’s a world where Liberty and I can be together for many more years to come. But they can’t do it without your support.

By joining us, you can raise money that helps provide expert health information, fund cutting-edge research projects and give someone like me much-needed reassurance from specialist nurses on Breast Cancer Now’s free helpline, which can make all the difference.

So, why not get your friends together and host an Afternoon Tea this August by signing up for your fundraising kit now at: breastcancernow.org/afternoon-tea

With thanks,

Lucy Preston, living beyond breast cancer
On behalf of Breast Cancer Now

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