Having been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, Francine Goldman, dedicated as much time as she possibly could to fundraising for Prevent Breast Cancer. Here’s how organising a sponsored 5K dog walk helped Francine through her treatment.
‘After being diagnosed with breast cancer, I looked up my surgeon, Lester Barr, on google and his work with Prevent Breast Cancer interested me. I decided to raise some money as Prevent Breast Cancer was hit hard during the Covid-19 pandemic. So, I decided I needed a challenge! I organised a 5K sponsored dog walk through Fleaton Park.
I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. My March mammogram was cancelled due to Covid-19 but was rescheduled for August 2020. As the results showed calcification in my left breast, I was asked to go for more investigation including a biopsy and ultrasound. Several biopsies later, I was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) in the left breast, in two areas. I am writing this blog 36 hours before my surgery on the 11th November. My surgery is a ‘therapeutic mammoplasty’ with reconstruction. I am hoping no invasive cancer is found during the surgery. Otherwise, I will probably have to go back for a mastectomy.
The event took place on Sunday 1st November. Everyone turned up in a field in the local park, I could see everyone was eager and positive. I was so excited that everyone was helping me raise money for such an amazing cause. I became totally obsessed with raising money for Prevent Breast Cancer to the point that for 2 weeks I hadn’t really thought about myself and the cancer. All I was doing was waiting the donations roll in! My target of £120 is now £5,600! I won’t be happy until we get to £6,000.’
If you’d like to help Francine reach her £6,000 goal, please donate by clicking here.