In a Prevent Breast Cancer first, we have two amazing mum and son duos taking on incredible skydiving challenges within one month of each other! Our very own community fundraiser, Judi Hibbert and son Jamie took to the skies this August alongside our ambassador Sarah Leary. This is followed by our amazing ambassador Michelle Clayton and son Kai, taking the leap in September. In this blog we will find out more about why they decided to take on this terrifying challenge!
Michelle has been a dedicated supporter of Prevent Breast Cancer since 2011, and even hosted our very first charity ball. She decided to support the charity due to her family history with the disease. Michelle’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when Michelle was just 11 years old. After her mother was diagnosed a second time, it was suggested they undergo genetic testing. Michelle’s results came back as positive for the BRCA 2 gene. Michelle made the difficult decision to undergo a double mastectomy and reconstruction. This incredibly tough decision reduced her breast cancer risk from 80-90% to less than 5%.
Michelle is now taking her fundraising to new heights and taking on a skydive with her son Kai. When speaking to the Jewish Telegraph, Michelle said “Prevent Breast Cancer is a charity close to my heart. The work it does in working tirelessly to save lives and trauma is just amazing. To know that Kai and I can help in just a little way makes this experience, although nerve wracking, so worthwhile.” You can donate to Michelle and Kai’s amazing challenge on their JustGiving page.
A person who has first hand experience of taking on this daunting challenge is our very own community fundraiser, Judi Hibbert, and her son Jamie. They took to the skies this August to raise funds for our life-saving research. Judi told us more about the experience.
CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR PBC JOURNEY?
I haven’t had breast cancer, but my grandma did, and I understand she told no-one for 7 years that something was wrong. Can you imagine the stress she lived with!
Having worked for the charity for 15 years, I’ve heard many people’s experiences, and it relentlessly proves that Prevent Breast Cancer is needed to make people more breast aware and strengthen prediction and prevention.
The charity has grown so much and achieved so much in the 15 years since The Nightingale Centre opened and we cherish our supporters for helping us do more. I’m proud to be part of the charity and help stopping breast cancer for future generations.
HOW DID YOU FIND THE CHALLENGE?
It was a wonderful challenge to do the sky dive in August 2022, as I was proud to overcome my nerves and feel a massive sense of achievement! These fundraising challenges are a chance to stretch yourself in life – a wonderful positive feeling!
Also in getting such wonderful support by sponsorship , I was also raising awareness about the charity, as well as helping research to go ahead with funds raised. I’d recommend anyone to take on a fundraising challenge, no matter how big or small
You can show your support for these amazing mum and son duos through their JustGiving pages! We are wishing Michelle and Kai the best of luck for their amazing challenge next month.