Siobhan Gracey: Why I chose Prevent Breast Cancer

After being personally affected by breast cancer in her family, Siobhan decided to take on the Great Manchester Run and fundraise for Prevent Breast Cancer.



Siobhan spoke to us about why she decided to support Prevent Breast Cancer.


What made you want to fundraise for Prevent Breast Cancer?

I wanted to fundraise for Prevent Breast Cancer, as breast cancer has hit my family hard throughout the years. My mother was a carrier for the BRCA1 gene mutation which puts you at 90% risk of breast cancer and 60% chance of ovarian cancer, she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 42 and then diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 50, which unfortunately took her life in November 2010. At the age of 23, in August 2013, I found out that I am also a carrier of the BRCA1 gene mutation. I am now 26 and at the age of 29 I am having a preventative mastectomy to completely reduce my risk of breast cancer down to below the average population, and at 35 I will have my ovaries removed. I have 3 children myself, two girls and a boy, who have a 50% chance of inheriting the gene from me and I strongly believe that in many years to come, when they approach the age of testing for the BRCA1 gene, that charities like Prevent Breast Cancer will be instrumental in the treatment and care for our future generations


How did you find the training?

I work and look after my children so as soon as I had a minute I would go for little runs bit by bit. A few weeks before the event I had a bad chest, so I tried to save myself for the day and I really shocked myself how I kept on going throughout the event.


How did you find the fundraising?

I found the fundraising very easy. As soon as I signed up for The Great Manchester Run I set up a JustGiving page and shared it as much as I could on Facebook, Instagram etc. I also found that tagging friends on the shared pages helped to get donations too and also using hashtags on Instagram.


What was the event day like?

The event day was the week of the Manchester terror attack. Everyone stood together and was determined to do it for Manchester. The support from the crowds was unbelievable – when you struggled to keep up the crowds kept you going. The feeling when you get through the finish line is amazing, it’s a feeling I will never forget, I’m so glad that I did it.


What is your advice for others who are thinking of signing up to a challenge event?

Definitely go for it, it’s an amazing day and a memorable experience. I will continue to do challenges in the future and will continue to support Prevent Breast Cancer.


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