Yvonne's Story

This October, we’re marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month by sharing the stories of inspirational women who have faced the disease, and who are now campaigning to help beat cancer for good. 

Women like Yvonne.

Grandmother Yvonne Pickford from Birmingham, found a lump in her breast while examining her body during a ski trip:

“I went to see my GP, I casually mentioned the growth. After tests they discovered two lumps on my right breast and one on the left side. One of the lumps on the right breast was malignant and the cancer was spreading fast. They told me it was a good job that I found it when I did,” Yvonne said.

She underwent chemotherapy, radiotherapy and gradually, she began to recover. Now Yvonne is a media volunteer with CRUK. She has run marathons and cycled across India to raise funds for vital research, and she’s appeared in numerous newspapers and websites to raise awareness for the charity.

“I’m so grateful for the treatment that saved my life, but not everyone survives. That’s why I want to do all I can...by raising money so that brilliant research can be translated into treatments for patients faster.”

Yvonne’s experience shows why research is so important. It really does save lives and over the last 40 years, breast cancer survival rates have doubled. It’s an incredible achievement, but so much more needs to be done to help protect women from breast cancer.

You can help to support Cancer Research UK's pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer right now. 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 someone like Yvonne. You can help more women survive breast cancer. And you’ll get the chance to win a majestic house in Ascot worth £3,500,000. So what are you waiting for? 

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