We are always amazed and humbled by the people who support us and our work. Here, we share your stories which help make our story possible.
Following my diagnosis in 2003 I had two lumpectomies, chemotherapy and radiotherapy and 10 years of Arimidex and, happily, I’m still here to tell the tale.
I had a pretty grueling year and I have to mention my amazing mother who looked after me so well – It’s the closest to you who also suffer your pain.
Although the initial diagnosis is a complete world shaker I think state of mind plays a big part in your treatment. I just tried to remain positive – I kept going to the gym, playing golf and seeing my girlfriends.
I was single going through my treatment and shortly afterwards I met the man of my dreams. We married in 2008 and have just celebrated sever years of marital bliss. Whilst going through my treatment this was just a pipe dream.
Prevention is the key to saving lives and the research carried out by the Genesis team is working towards reducing the occurrences of this common and life threatening disease.
I am very proud to be able to make a contribution to this cause and will be holding a Charity Lunch and a Ladies Fashion Show at Mere.Close
Jo first noticed a swelling under her left arm in February 2014. Being a mother of two and a fitness consultant and having done sporting activity most of her life she put this down to being run down and requested antibiotics from her doctor.
In May, still with some swelling, Jo insisted she be referred to a breast clinic. Her mammogram showed calcification but no lumps, however the scan picked up 2 small DCIS (Ductal carcinoma in situ- The earliest form of breast cancer). Even though the lumps were small, the area was classed as large because of the swelling in her lymph nodes- so a mastectomy was the course of action.
Jo endured chemo and then had her mastectomy with immediate reconstruction in October 2014.
‘The Nightingale & Genesis Prevention Centre was a welcome relief. My consultant, Ms Kirwan really listened to what I wanted and I am so happy with how my left boob looks. Negotiations for my right boob should begin soon!’
Jo has created a fundraiser called The Big Pink- which consists of 5 different events all taking place in and around her hometown of Windermere in 2015.
Beginning in June 2015 Jo and her team have planned an aquathon family day, a bike ride and BBQ, a run up Wansfell, A Golf, Day and The Big Pink Finale Ball!
Jo will be splitting the overall proceeds between Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention and The Christie, Manchester.
If you would like to know more about Jo and The Big Pink Fundraiser please click on the link below or contact her directly on 07944 380 990. Or you can speak with Ange who is assisting in the setup of these events on 07801 732 140.
Jo would love for any Genesis supporters to come along and join in the fun-
‘We are planning on creating awareness and having a lot of fun where all the family can take part. Why not plan a family weekend in Windermere and support these 2 charities all at the same time!’Close
Things in life can change you.
A close encounter has made me realise life is a precious thing and if you can make a difference then there is no time like the present to do so, as you can’t affect the past but you can affect the future.
So a group of Middle Aged men have got together and formed a small community with one thing in common, Lycra.
Bike Boys have decided to do rides and challenges for different worthy Charities.
Our First effort is in aid of Genesis BCP.
I have seen them first hand in action and I am honoured to be a supporter of the charity.
Bike Boys First Challenge is:
Manchester 52 miles – Closed Road Ride – Sunday June 28th 2015
Manchester to Blackpool – 60+ miles – Sunday 12th July 2015
Both different types of rides and both present different challenges for the riders.
Bike Boys is made up of
And more are joining the fun as we grow and expand.
Robert Howarth is doing the Manchester to Blackpool on a single speed bike that his Father used to complete the same ride over 25 years ago! Some would say that he’s mad!
The reason for Genesis as the first charity is Di (my wife) has been through breast cancer and beat it.
Genesis provided the diagnosis, treatment plan and all the care and support needed to beat and remove this cancer from our lives, as it effects everyone.
Here is Di’s experience story:
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2013. Since then I have undergone a lumpectomy, ancillary lymph node clearance, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Self-checking was one of the key factors for me discovering the lump early enough to have a positive outcome and I know a lot of my friends now regularly check themselves.
I am so lucky to have a fabulous husband, two gorgeous kids and the love and support of my family and friends. The Genesis team; my consultant Professor Bundred, my breast nurse Fiona and the team of staff are happy to help in any way, however small, to make your journey easier.
There have been many funny moments along the way (it’s not all serious) but having a positive mental attitude definitely saw me through! My mantra is “get your head down and keep going”, you don’t realise how strong you are!!!
I wish the Bike Boys the best of luck for their challenge ahead and hope they raise their target for this very worthy cause.
So please sponsor the Bike Boys by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/Bike-Boys/ every penny goes to Genesis BCP which is a fantastic cause in preventing breast cancer for the future.
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I first came across The Nightingale Centre in the spring of 2014 after discovering a lump. A scan, a biopsy and a blood test later I got the all clear. Since then I’ve been so grateful for the consistent reassurance and support The Nightingale Centre gave me during the tests that I’d really like to give something back, particularly for those who are not as lucky as I was.
Being a keen cook, I get a lot of joy from cooking for others and coming up with new recipes that I love. I came up with the idea Food 4 Boobs as a way of inspiring others to cook and eat healthily, as well as raising money for Genesis.
To find out more about Briony’s Food 4 Boob challenge please click here!Close
We have a faulty gene in our family, that so far ; we can’t find.so as a family, we don’t know if we carry a faulty or aggressive gene ; or if we’ve just been unlucky! My mum, mums mum and mums sister all battled long illnesses with breast cancer, but sadly my aunt and grandmother died at 46 and my mum at 50.
Being 28 years ago the men in the family didn’t talk about ‘Breast Cancer’ after all it’s a woman’s disease and the only conversation my brother and I had was that one day we would get a phone call saying our sister had breast cancer. So you can imagine our shock when it was my brother who was diagnosed with breast cancer, he was 36. He had a mastectomy and radio therapy but died aged 39.
The following year my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer after finding a lump, she was due to have preventative surgery later that year! She was 37, she fought it hard with bi-lateral mastectomy, chemo, trial chemo, drugs and full hysterectomy. She is12 years on clear and healthy.
But that’s when my fight started, when my brother was diagnosed I went to my GP for help and advice, but he didn’t know men could get breast cancer and in less than 5 minutes, I was being shown the door with his parting comment “let me know how you get on”
Shocked and scared, I was stunned with his lack of empathy, but lucky that my sister was involved with the nightingale centre since mums death. So started a few years of offering myself for blood tests, scans, even trying a mammogram (as a man we don’t fit in the equipment) in 2004 I asked if I could have preventative surgery, because we can’t find the faulty gene having preventative surgery was the only option left for peace of mind.
Staff at my hospital appointments didn’t expect a man, they thought the “mr” was a spelling mistake. On the day of my operation, the security staff thought I was a trouble maker trying to get onto a women’s ward, when I got up to the ward they struggled to find me a bed because again they thought it was a spelling mistake Mr should have been MRS.
The forms I had to fill in at the breast cancer unit were all directed at women and were virtually impossible for me to fill in anything other than name, address and date of birth. I couldn’t answer when my period started, how many pregnancies I’d had or if I breastfed, there wasn’t even a box to tick male or a Mr instead of MRS or Miss!
I’m a grandfather now and even though we don’t know if we carry a faulty gene (just because we can’t find it doesn’t mean it’s not there!) I still get frustrated at the lack of information available about male breast cancer and the lack of awareness within the medical profession and the general public.
Yes it can be embarrassing as a man to talk about what is considered to be a woman’s disease but with the help of ‘Prevent Breast Cancer’ we can break down these misconceptions and increase survival rates in men by raising awareness and making it easier for men to get earlier diagnosis and help.Close
My name is Danny Whitby. I’m 39 years old. I’m a musician and conductor in the West End.
I started running in July 2011 when I was working on The Wizard of Oz at The London Palladium. I was putting on weight and wasn’t so happy about it. I wanted to exercise but was worried of having to join a gym, do any team sport or take my clothes off to go swimming! So it seemed that running was the obvious choice.
I bought a cheap pair of trainers, pulled out an old T-shirt and pair of shorts and armed with a 6 week 0-5km plan, on 27th July 2012, I headed out to Peckham Rye Park.
I was convinced that people would point and laugh at me. They didn’t. Instead, I felt a huge joy because I was out doing it and was having a great time.
I finished the 6 week plan. I lost some weight and I felt much better too.
The rest is history I guess. It’s simple. I became [a little] addicted to running. My distances got longer: I progressed to my first half marathon in February 2013 and to my first marathon, in London, in April 2013.
I met Morag Siller in December 2004. I was working at The Palace Theatre in Manchester for 6 weeks and, through a mutual friend, was put in touch with Morag and Tim because I needed somewhere to stay. They were so welcoming, and I remember endless evenings of wine, Celebrity Big Brother and more wine. I had a wonderful time staying with them, and over the next few years Morag became a dear friend to me. She was a beautiful woman. An incredibly talented actress, very funny and so caring to everyone who knew her.
Morag passed away in April this year. She was 46 years old.
Until then I’d never been to the funeral of a close friend. It was a hard day. Travelling home on the train I felt I needed to do something. Something in memory of, and to celebrate Morag’s life. I thought back over our friendship and remembered how often Morag would tell me how proud she was that I’d stuck with the running. So it seemed apt that I lace up my trainers for her.
So I’m running 4 marathons in 8 months to raise money for Prevent Breast Cancer. That’s about 2000 training miles to get me through the 104.8 miles of the Oslo, Pisa, London and Edinburgh marathons.
I’m using a training plan that I used for a marathon last year: Asics 3 hour 30 plan. I don’t stand much of a chance of getting anywhere near that time, but I like to push myself in the training in the hope it will make the marathon easier for me (well that’s what I tell myself!).
I run 4/5 times a week with that plan: an interval session (4-6 miles), a mid length run (5-10 miles), tempo run (6-8 miles), hill session (3-6 miles), then the long run at the weekend (12-22 miles)
It’s sometimes tough fitting the training in around walking the dogs, working and a little socialising. I’m currently Associate Musical Director on Disney’s Aladdin which is at The Prince Edward Theatre in the West End. I either run in the morning or into work in the afternoon ready for rehearsals or matinees.
The support of family, friends, the Aladdin company and colleagues of other shows I’ve worked on has been wonderful. Getting a “You’ve been sponsored” text at the end of a run, along with messages of support, are so fantastic and I wouldn’t have been able to get through some of these long days without them.
I won’t lie: I find it tough at times. Long runs, sometimes in the hot summer sun (and still to come, the cold winter rain), getting out of bed to run 16 miles before doing 2 shows, running up and down a hill 10 times. You get the picture. It’s not easy when you’re more accustomed to sitting behind a piano.
But then I remember why I’m doing it, and I manage to get the trainers laced up again. I’m not sure if Morag is looking on smiling or laughing at me for doing such a ridiculous thing. But which ever it is, I know she’s with me every step of the way. Hopefully with a glass of wine in hand too.
To donate to Danny, please see – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Danny_Whitby
When I was first invited to take part in the PROCAS study I knew I had let too much weight creep on but I also knew if I said yes I would need to commit to it as it was for research into the prevention of breast cancer. My eldest sister had died after the breast cancer she had been free of for thirteen years, returned, my other older sister has had breast cancer twice so the idea of preventing breast cancer just seems to be the best way to deal with breast cancer, prevention is better than cure.
My biggest fear was that I would be asked to exercise more and as I spend all day on my feet it felt like that was a step too far. So from the original invitation arriving to me ringing and saying, yes, I wanted to take part, was almost six months! The lady who answered the phone had to search had to find my details as it had been so long but she found me and made me an appointment to meet Grace, my dietitian.
At the first appointment Grace took lots of measurements and we discussed my families medical history, she gave me the 2 day diet book and another book about exercising. At home I read the book and thought, oh my goodness how am I going to get my head around this but then my practical head took over and I decided what I would eat the next day and wrote it all down, I did this for several days so that if there was a day that I simply couldn’t be bothered to work out my days portions I would be able to pick up a previous day’s plan and repeat it and as time progressed I found I didn’t need to write out the plans, I could work it out in my head very easily.
For exercise I began walking, twice a week for 40-50 minutes but I didn’t hardly read the book about exercise, I just looked at a few pages and put it down.
After 3 months I returned to see Grace and I had exceeded my target of weight loss and all my other measurements showed an improvement. I was so pleased with my progress and it really didn’t feel hard to have achieved this much so I set new targets for the next three months. I had this diet nailed but I was still being encouraged to exercise more. About a month later I signed up to a weekly Bootcamp! What had happened inside my head, I have no idea but suddenly it didn’t seem such a big deal and a year later I am still going, some weeks I do a Boxercise class too!
I returned to my final appointment with Grace at the six month point, I had lost much more weight than I set out to do and was at the high end of my ideal weight for my age and height, Grace took all the measurements again and told me my results were perfect. The two day diet had been a revelation, my weight loss averaged two pounds a week, it had not been hard to stick to and I was now healthy. I decided to continue on my own and get to the mid to lower end of the weight range for my height and this too has been easily achieved and maintained.
It is the last stone and a half that has changed my life so much, I am fit and healthy, able to think about working to my retirement date with ease, I was struggling carrying four and a half stones extra weight and it was probably going to kill me, it was certainly having a negative impact on my life. I am sixty years old and last Saturday I abseiled 150 feet down Liverpool’s Anglican cathedral ,I have never done anything like it and couldn’t have done it without the 2 day diet.
My eating habits have changed, why would I want to eat something that could harm me? And best of all I have shared the secret of my success with others and I see their health improving as they follow the 2 day diet.Close
Following a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2009 and several challenge races, Dawn decided it was time to set herself an even bigger challenge! Dawn, her husband and their 9 year old son, Michael, took on the mammoth task of an 180km walk across the ALPs. And no cheating was allowed in the form of some sneaky skis! No matter how tempting!
Together they have raised an astounding £1,208 for Genesis and a huge thank goes out to them all as well as their friends and family who have supported us!Close
After Chris’s friend and fellow Genesis supporter, Emma Neville, was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 23, he decided he needed to take on a challenge of great heights in her honour!
And what greater heights are there than from a skydive?! It took 3 attempts but finally the weather was in Chris’s favour and the day went perfectly. And to top it all off, he’s raised a spectacular £2195.69 for Genesis!
A huge thank you to Chris and all his fantastic friends and family!
Iain Devine, otherwise known as ‘The Drunken Butcher‘, has been working as a chef for many years. After creating and serving a successful meat-themed menu for a pop up event during Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2012, he decided to move into the field of supper clubs and one off catering, finding great success in this ever since.
Iain will be undertaking a charity supper club for Genesis on August 22nd 2015 details of which can be found here.
Read Iain’s story below of how he came to be working with Genesis!
In addition to pop-ups and supper clubs, I’m trying to do at least 2 charity events each year. I wanted to pick charities that are local to Manchester and as I have friends who work for various charities I picked two of those, one of them being Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention. I think Genesis is a very important charity as they focus on cancer prevention.
I heard of Genesis through Charlotte Moore who is a friend of mine and who also works as a nurse in The Nightingale Centre and Genesis Prevention Centre where Genesis the charity are based.
Looking ahead to our event in August 2015, I’d like it that everyone has a fantastic time, hopefully enjoys some great food and drink but most importantly we raise a good amount for Genesis. It’s a menu I’ve cooked many times and it’s always gone down well in the past!Close
Abbie Greenwood who works in Urban Spa, Spa, Beauty and Personal Care Salon in Newton is an annual supporter of Genesis.
During October in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, each time a client chooses to have a set of nails with a touch of pink, Abbie donates £2.50 to Genesis!
In 2014 she raised £80 after completing 32 sets of pink nails! – We look forward to seeing how much you raise in 2015 Abbie!
“I have been inspired to raise vital funds for Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention by 2 inspirational members of my family who have, and are currently facing, the harsh realities of breast cancer with unbelievable positivity, a smile on their face, drive, passion and determination that I find truly awe inspiring and makes me proud that they are relations of mine.
Kirsty is my 31 year old sister in-law who has faced breast cancer twice within a 2 year period with her first diagnosis at the young age of 27. Through chemotherapy, radiotherapy major surgery, grit and determination, she has thankfully twice beaten cancer. Despite undergoing treatment and the after effects of a double mastectomy, Kirsty throughout this has maintained her ‘life and soul of the party’ attitude and a happy family atmosphere for their little boy, with support from her husband.
Glenys is my mum and has very recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. My mum has been operated on to remove the cancerous lump and now faces further surgery before we know the true extent of the problem and what future therapy and surgery she faces. Like Kirsty, my mum is tackling this with unbelievable positivity and determination to face anything that is thrown at her to beat this disease.
Because of this, in both 2014 and 2015 I am raising money for Genesis who research preventative measures for breast cancer.
Having spoken to both Kirsty and my mum they feel that without prevention measures such as mammograms, regular checks and in many cases genetic testing along with the support they have received from centres like this, their diagnoses may not have occurred and given them the chance to even fight and beat the disease. So, as this centre is locally based and renowned throughout Europe for the research they complete into prevention and early detection of breast cancer, it seemed an ideal cause to raise money for.
To raise the vital funds needed I am doing the following events –
- Manchester 10k – 18th May 2014
- Barcelona to Nice Cycle – 29th June 2014 – 500 mile in 5 days
- Adidas 24 hour Thunder run – July 26th 2014
- Manchester Marathon – April 2015
I would be very grateful for any support that I receive, so please take a look at my JustGiving page at – https://www.justgiving.com/Martyn-Hague/4
Please note that I have paid for all the events I am doing so every penny that you donate will go directly to the charity.
In addition to this, there will be a number of other events throughout the year that I am undertaking to raise awareness of the charity and to continue to raise money to reach my goal!”
Hale Day Nursery decided to take part of The Genesis Tea Party Challenge by holding a tea party for their mums in May 2014.
Through a big baking effort by all involved, the event raised a fantastic £501.72 which staff members Dee and Rachael brought into the Nightingale Centre during a cheque presentation.
Genesis Patron, Sally Dynevor, was also in attendance on the day, flying the flag for Genesis!
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Diana Harris, Trustee of Prevent Breast Cancer, is also an exceptional supporter of ours. In 2013, Diana rounded up her friends and took on the Coast to Coast cycle challenge in aid of Prevent Breast Cancer. As well as this, her daughters have also held numerous bake sales to raise vital funds for the charity. Diana’s friend Sally Harrison and 9 friends took on another bike challenge this year but in the Alps! The gruelling challenge over three consecutive days, saw them complete one of the legs of the Tour de France, as they ascended the Col de la Madeleine and its sister mountains. Well done all!Close
Colette is taking on the incredible challenge of tackling the longest and fastest zipwire in Europe.
This is Colette’s story:
Like any normal 31 year old I regularly checked myself in the shower etc, and then I discovered a ‘lump’ I rang the doctors and requested a second opinion. At first, because of my age and because I wasn’t overweight, didn’t smoke and wasn’t taking any contraception I was advised it was probably just a ‘cyst’. This was until I mentioned I had a vague recollection of ‘something’ on my father’s side and a connection to St Mary’s Genetic Hospital in Manchester, as I was estranged from my father I didn’t have much more information. On hearing this they contacted St Mary’s for further details only to be informed they couldn’t divulge any patient information because of data protection and needed a direct link to that particular family tree who were already on their records. Luckily I was in contact with my father’s brother who had to give his written consent so the information could be disclosed.
Whilst this was going on to be on the safe side I was sent for an ultrasound, mammogram and biopsy, with the results coming back positive. I subsequently had a ‘lumpectomy’ and chemotherapy treatment and when I was well enough to travel etc., I attended St Marys Hospital for testing for the BRCA1 gene fault (which was positive) and further advice etc. They together with the Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Research Centre have advised and guided me through the affects of having this gene fault and what complications come with that. I eventually chose to have a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction with a view to having my ovaries out at a later date (before I turn 40, which is when my risk of ovarian cancer development increases to 80-90%). They recommended an appropriate surgeon and within a few weeks I had the operation.
Many years have passed now and I will be turning the dreaded 40 within a few months and have started to make preparations to have my ovaries removed.
If you have been inspired by Colette’s story please show your support and visit her Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/colette-o-carroll
Photographer Kate Moore has recently donated her time by completing the photography for the Sedgley Park Rugby Club’s 2015 charity calendar – sales from which will be given to Genesis.
“I have always loved taking photos, but it was the arrival of my children that really inspired me to get into photography. Time flies by so quickly and I realised that it was important to capture those special moments forever in print.
I love photography and enjoying the fun that can be had whether it is a natural shoot outside in the park or when the weather doesn’t allow, some quality time in the studio.
When I am not taking photos I’m a busy mum to two cheeky monkeys Oscar and Tilly and my mischievous pup Captain!
Read Sam’s story below!
It really is DO-ABLE!!!
There are few more shocking moments than the life changing one when you hear your consultant say…. ‘It’s not good news’. In my case it was cancer – breast cancer.
You steel yourself to face what’s next, the surgery, the grueling rounds of chemo and the daily dose of radiotherapy.
Family and friends rally round and your isolated situation is supported by love and actions of care that are staggering. You allow yourself to smile, indebted for their help.
As each day passes you grow to respect that this life changing diagnosis is at some points the lowest ebb of existence and at others the gasping realisation that, ‘You know what? This is do-able!’
As you slowly recover you face the fact that what was once do-able has now in fact become done. You begin to allow yourself to look forward. You begin to discover a new energy for life and in my case magnanimity- that although I couldn’t change my diagnosis I didn’t want to fight myself over it either.
Life is for living – try not to worry every minute about what may go wrong! What is the worst that can happen? Well in my case it did –twice! But it was do-able and if it happens again I know with love and support it can be do-able again.
But from now on in – I love my life and as long as life lasts I want to live it.Close
‘Welcome to Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention as our 2014/2015 Charity of the Year’
In August 2014, Genesis were nominated as a candidate for the Mums in the Know (MITK) Heald Green and Wythenshawe Charity of the Year!
After being shortlisted as one of the final three charities, Genesis went on to be voted as the winner!
Throughout 2014-2015 MITK will produce regular updates of Genesis’ activities and events and Genesis now have a feature page on their website which you can view here.
About Mums in the Know Heald Green and Wythenshawe
Created by 2 local Mums, Kerry and Sej, we joined forces to help parents in Heald Green, Wythenshawe and Gatley to keep in touch with local events and activities for them and their children
Keen to become the first point of contact for parents looking for daily inspiration for entertainment for their children, Mums In The Know enables busy parents to receive regular updates as to whats on and where, as well as lots of fun advice and hot topic discussions!
While we endeavor to make sure all our information is relevant and accurate we cannot be held liable for any errors or omissions. We strongly advise you to check details with the event organisers if planning to attend.
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Emma has been a supporter of Genesis for several years now after being diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2011 aged only 23. Emma who is from Wythenshawe in Manchester was one of the youngest women to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Greater Manchester.
Following successful treatment for her breast cancer, Emma decided that she wanted to do something proactive to help the prevention of breast cancer so that other people would not have to go through her experience. Being local to Wythenshawe and after being treated at The Nightingale Centre & Genesis Prevention Centre, Emma wanted to work with Genesis to raise funds towards creating a breast cancer free future.
Emma’s first fundraising event was a Black and Pink Charity Ball in October 2012 to coincide with breast cancer awareness month which was a huge success! Since then Emma has hosted many other supporter events and has also taken part in Genesis events, representing the charity as a guest speaker, sharing her own experiences with other supporters.
In March 2014, Emma was also chosen as the ‘face’ of the Manchester based bag brand, JimBag. Find out more here about Emma and her JimBag story or to purchase your own pink JimBag with 50% of proceeds donated directly to Genesis, please click here!
Emma continues to support Genesis into 2014 and will be hosting her own Halloween Ball fundraiser on October 31st at The Etrop Grange Hotel. For more information on Emma’s event and to purchase your tickets please see our Supporter Events page or click here.Close
Dawn is a fantastic supporter of ours who chose to walk the Ridgeway Walk (87 miles) in 6 days. Accompanied by her cousin, Sandra, Dawn took on this fantastic challenge in memory of her mum and has raised an incredible £1,772 for Genesis.
A huge thank you goes out to Dawn, Sandra and all their wonderfully supportive friends and family!Close
My name is Ben Sciama, I am 17 and currently studying for my AS-Levels. I recently organised The MGS Genesis Golf Day 2014 for Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention in conjunction with my school, The Manchester Grammar School.
I first came across Genesis at another golf day last year and straight away the charity left a great impression on me. Its unique nature of being the only charity in the UK entirely dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer, as well as the ambitious research studies and the important goals it sets out to achieve compelled me to get involved to help prevent breast cancer for the next generation.
I approached my school and spoke to them about all the great work that Genesis are engaged in. They didn’t hesitate in offering me support in raising money. Following The MGS Genesis Golf Day, we hope to hold further events within Manchester Grammar School for Genesis.
From the golf day itself I helped Genesis to raise over £31,000 which I hope with the help of my school to only continue to add to.
In November 2010 I discovered that I was a carrier of the BRCA2 gene. I was told that there was around an 80% chance that I was going to develop Breast Cancer and a high probability that I may develop Ovarian cancer. I had lost my father, grandmother, uncle and numerous cousins to cancer and I suppose it was no surprise to hear that there was something genetic in my family that was causing this terrible disease to keep striking. I was determined not to “sink” and to make something positive come out of this information. I consequently set up a web site called www.claireandthegenie.com. Before every scan, before and after every operation, I began to write in detail about my experience. I wanted there to be a personal account of someone who had been found to have this gene but who felt “lucky” not “doomed”. Someone who was empowered by this information rather than paralysed in fear. Following numerous hospital appointments and discussions I decided to have my ovaries removed and a preventative double mastectomy (using the fat from my tummy to reconstruct my breasts). I wrote in detail the fears and the relief, and to my amazement I started to receive numerous emails from women all over the world who were having to investigate their own family history and having to face similar operations etc. Soon I was literally getting hundreds of emails and was also asked to do magazine articles and interviews etc. Over 60,000 people have now visited the site. The response was truly incredible and it was lovely to feel that I may be able to comfort those who were having to embark on a similar journey.
I am one of the lucky ones. I never did get cancer. I have had incredible surgery and I have removed all fear. BUT….
I have two small children and every time I look at them I wonder whether I have passed this gene onto them. It is 50/50 whether or not they have it. They are aged 4 years and 6 years. They are still very little but I know that in a blink of an eye they will be in their twenties and having to consider genetic testing etc. I cannot just sit back and hope that in the near future someone somewhere may do some fundraising to help support some sort of research project into the behaviour of this gene.
This is where Genesis comes in.
I was thrilled to hear that there was such a charity that dealt ONLY in Prevention and Prediction of Breast Cancer. A charity that had the facilities to really focus on this gene and to help carry out research that my help protect our future generations. I made a vow to my family that every year I would try and raise some money for Genesis. Last year I organised a Black Tie Christmas Ball and was delighted to be able to send Professor Evans cheques amounting to nearly £10,000. On the 5th May 2013 I am helping organise a “Bluebell Walk and Teddy Bear Hunt” (please see www.fishersfarmbluebellwalk.org.uk for details) and I have already booked the same venue for my Christmas 2014 Ball. When I wake at night and start to feel the familiar anxiety about my children’s future, I can now at least feel that in a tiny way I am doing something to help support this important charity and feel proud that I haven’t just left fundraising to “somebody else”. If we want Breast Cancer to be a disease of the past, each of us must play our part.”Close
Merv Valentine and Paul Wolfgang Webster (Wolfie) along with the support of their wives, Annie and Carol, organised a wonderful event at the Plaza Cinema in Stockport. The classic film “Top Hat” was screened, with the option of enjoying a tea party before or after the film. The event was a huge success, raising almost £3000 for Genesis.
Paul is also a fine art photographer with work being collected by the National Portrait Gallery in London. His ‘Made in the North’ exhibition features some well known Genesis faces, including Chairman, Lester Barr and Patrons, Sally Dynevor and Morag Siller alongside many other influential people including Terry Waite, Tony Wilson and Sir Alex Ferguson. For more information about Made in the North, click here.
Merv and Paul continue to support Genesis whenever they can raising awareness and funds for the charity.
To buy Paul’s book of photographs entitled ‘Made in the North’ please click here – all proceeds are being donated to Genesis.