On the evening of the July 4th, when many of our American cousins will be celebrating the anniversary of their nation’s independence there will be a group of people this side of the pond fighting to raise funds to provide a way to give independence of a different kind – independence from the worry and the fear of breast cancer. Those wonderful people will be out on the streets of London walking to raise money that is so desperately needed to provide services for women and men currently battling breast cancer. They will be taking part in the Breast Cancer Care Ribbon Walk and I shall be joining them!
Having worked at QVC for almost five years and having been part of the BCC evenings that we have hosted – as well as having friends and colleagues with it – I have seen first-hand the impact that breast cancer can have on the lives of those diagnosed with it and on the lives of those around them. That is why I am taking part. That, and the inspiration I got from my QVC colleagues who headed out on a Moonwalk in May and were such brilliant ambassadors for getting involved!
There will be a team of us heading out into the night as ours is a night walk and, whilst we will all be willing each other on and happily chatting, it will be difficult not to reflect on the fact that for every 10 minutes we walk one more person in the UK will receive a breast cancer diagnosis* – that’s 55,000 people each year*! For every one of those people diagnosed there will be a whole support network of friends and family who will be forever affected as well.
A breast cancer diagnosis, it seems to me, affects not just the person receiving the diagnosis. That wouldn’t be enough for this horrible disease. It seems to want to keep reaching beyond the individual and ensnare as many as it possibly can. This is precisely why charities like Breast Cancer Care need our support, and if spending one evening walking the streets of London is a way of helping them I am up for it.
How about you? Would you like to provide help and support? There are currently 550,000 people in the UK living with a breast cancer diagnosis*; now imagine that each of those people has a family and friends and work colleagues – it seems to me that none of us is ever far from breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Care needs all the help and support it can get. Please consider signing up for one of the Ribbon Walks around the country or even sign up and join us in London on July 4th for the night time walk – you are more than welcome to walk with us!
If you would like to sign up then you can do so via QVC and save on your registration costs, head to www.breastcancercare.org.uk/Pink-Ribbonwalk and enter promo code QVC to receive the £5 discount.
Until next time,
* All statistics provided by Breast Cancer Care