I’ve lost count of the number of incredible women I’ve interviewed over the years whose lives have been affected by cancer. Mothers who have lost children, wives who have lost husbands, and women who themselves have had the disease. Cancer wasn’t something I had direct personal experience of – apart from surgery for pre-cancerous cells some years ago – until we lost both my beloved Uncle and Mum’s cousin to the disease. Suddenly cancer isn’t something that happens to other families – it’s something that happens to yours.
Doing something to help raise funds for research (did you know, for example, that a tiny proportion of funding goes towards research into brain tumours, and yet they’re the biggest killers of the under 40s?), or helping to support Macmillan nurses, or taking part in the Race For Life, or buying something from the new Fashion Targets Breast Cancer collection gives us a chance to make a difference. Maybe not affect the immediate outcome for our loved ones, but help to change the future for others.
Because everyone knows someone affected by cancer, don’t they?