This October, people all over the world are showing their support for those affected by breast cancer. And to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to share the story of an inspirational woman who survived the disease, and who is now campaigning in support of Cancer Research UK.
Meet Claire-Ann McCallum.
34-year-old Claire-Ann vividly recalls the moment when doctors confirmed that the small, pea sized lump on her left breast was cancerous.
“I didn’t cry but instead asked the doctor how they were going to get rid of the tumour,” Claire-Ann said.
The treatment was tough. It included 19 radiotherapy sessions and she soon lost her hair. But over time, Claire-Ann’s health improved and she gradually began to recover. As soon as she felt well enough, she started organising a Relay for Life event for Cancer Research UK.
“There was no way I was going to let cancer get the better of me.”
As she returned to full strength, Claire-Ann decided to take the trip of a lifetime to New Zealand where she completed her first skydive. The daredevil jump from 15,000 ft over Lake Taupo was captured on a video which Claire-Ann treasures.
“It was a tandem jump and I was really scared. I felt like freaking out. Then I said to the instructor, 'I got through cancer last year, so I can do this.'”
When Claire-Ann reflects back on that initial cancer diagnosis and the days that followed, she recalls how staying positive got her through some of the darkest times. She insists that the experience has made her a stronger person:
“Thanks to some amazing doctors...and research, I’m healthy, loving life and still here to give something back and help other people.”
Over the last 40 years, breast cancer survival rates have doubled. It’s an incredible achievement and it’s all down to the power of research.
You can help to support Cancer Research UK's pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer right now. It’s so easy, just enter the Omaze Million Pound House Draw, Ascot. Because we’ll be donating 80% of the net proceeds from the Draw to this incredible charity.
You really can help make an incredible difference to women like Claire-Ann by supporting life-saving research. And you’ll get the chance to win a majestic house in Ascot worth £3,500,000. So what are you waiting for?