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Alex's Race for Life

I'm taking part in Race for Life to raise money to beat cancer sooner

London - Hyde Park 10k 2019
28 Jul 2019

Alex's Race for Life

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Alex Dowd

Total raised

£1,050.00

+ £108.75 Gift Aid

210 Complete
210% of £500.00 target

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Story

In 2015, just after her 50th birthday my mum discovered a lump in her breast. This was confirmed as Stage 2, Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC). Not many people realise that TNBC has no known targeted treatment unlike other gene or hormone related breast cancers, so the only way of trying to eliminate it is to throw everything at it, chemotherapy, surgery and then then radiotherapy. All treatment completed just before Christmas 2015, life returned to normal with the consultant confirming in the last meeting in May 2016 that she was no more likely to get breast cancer again than anyone else.

In November 2018, she had a straight forward operation for an abscess on the appendix, a week later she started to feel unsteady on her feet and ‘dizzy’. The situation worsened and was referred to A&E as a potential stroke patient. Within an hour the diagnosis was directing the consultants towards brain tumours which were very likely, given her history, to be metastatic TNBC breast cancer. It seems that some tiny ‘seeds’ of cancer had ‘hidden’ and so all the treatment for the original diagnosis had not been effective. Further scans confirmed brain tumours, lung tumours and spine tumour all secondary TNBC with the only option palliative care.

Now 54 she is doing well with ongoing chemotherapy treatments and regular scans to manage the tumours to hopefully give her a chance of living longer with a good quality of life!

I hope to raise awareness for TNBC and highlight that this is a very aggressive cancer which needs far more understanding and research to help future diagnosis and treatment by raising funds for Cancer Research.

CAUSE

Breast cancer
With almost 140 women diagnosed every day, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. And, although rarer, around 350 men are also diagnosed with breast cancer every year. The good news is more than two-thirds of women now survive 20 years or more. Help Cancer Research UK find new ways to diagnose and treat the disease.

Latest updates

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edward Gucewicz Baillie

2019-08-14T08:20:48+00:00

£10.00

+£2.50 Gift Aid
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Hywel Jenkins

2019-08-01T10:35:32+00:00

£20.00

+£5.00 Gift Aid

Proud of you and team Supa ❤️ xxxx

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Ro Hewitt

2019-08-01T10:33:49+00:00

£40.00

+£10.00 Gift Aid

Lots of love xxx

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Lauren Farrelly

2019-08-01T10:32:48+00:00

£40.00

+£10.00 Gift Aid

LOVE YA

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Jess

2019-07-28T10:21:42+00:00

£20.00

+£5.00 Gift Aid

Smashed it Alex!! Well done to all the Supa team 😘

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Marie Mc Tague

2019-07-28T10:15:08+00:00

£10.00

+£2.50 Gift Aid

Well done xx

Total raised£1,050.00

Online£1,050.00

Offline£0.00

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Story

In 2015, just after her 50th birthday my mum discovered a lump in her breast. This was confirmed as Stage 2, Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC). Not many people realise that TNBC has no known targeted treatment unlike other gene or hormone related breast cancers, so the only way of trying to eliminate it is to throw everything at it, chemotherapy, surgery and then then radiotherapy. All treatment completed just before Christmas 2015, life returned to normal with the consultant confirming in the last meeting in May 2016 that she was no more likely to get breast cancer again than anyone else.

In November 2018, she had a straight forward operation for an abscess on the appendix, a week later she started to feel unsteady on her feet and ‘dizzy’. The situation worsened and was referred to A&E as a potential stroke patient. Within an hour the diagnosis was directing the consultants towards brain tumours which were very likely, given her history, to be metastatic TNBC breast cancer. It seems that some tiny ‘seeds’ of cancer had ‘hidden’ and so all the treatment for the original diagnosis had not been effective. Further scans confirmed brain tumours, lung tumours and spine tumour all secondary TNBC with the only option palliative care.

Now 54 she is doing well with ongoing chemotherapy treatments and regular scans to manage the tumours to hopefully give her a chance of living longer with a good quality of life!

I hope to raise awareness for TNBC and highlight that this is a very aggressive cancer which needs far more understanding and research to help future diagnosis and treatment by raising funds for Cancer Research.

CAUSE

Breast cancer
With almost 140 women diagnosed every day, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. And, although rarer, around 350 men are also diagnosed with breast cancer every year. The good news is more than two-thirds of women now survive 20 years or more. Help Cancer Research UK find new ways to diagnose and treat the disease.

Cause

All Cancer Types

Cancer survival rates have doubled over the past 40 years. Consistent progress is being made but improvements to technology and ground-breaking work offer new opportunities to find different ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and improve survival rates even further. Help Cancer Research UK improve results even faster.