Prevent Breast Cancer have recently been the recipient of a generous donation in memory of Claire Graham. Here is her story – our thoughts are with all her family and friends at this difficult time:
In 2016 Claire Graham was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer – a particularly aggressive and fast moving cancer that can only be treated with chemotherapy.
Three months after her diagnosis, Claire’s one year old son, Harley, was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma (cancer of the eye) and subsequently had to have it removed. Not only did Claire have to go through her own treatment but she also had to look after Harley as he went through his treatment and struggled to cope with his prosthesis.
At the end of 2016, Claire was supposed to start radiotherapy, which should have signalled the end of her treatment. However, she was having headaches and was referred for an MRI. Her worst fears were confirmed – the cancer had spread to her brain. In early 2017 it was also discovered that her breast cancer had returned in her breast and was on the rampage.
In May 2017, Claire passed away peacefully at a hospice in Dublin.
It is because of people like Claire that we need to prevent breast cancer. To save women and men from experiencing this devastating disease and to save their families and friends from the heartache of losing a loved one to it.