When I joined Breakthrough Breast Cancer I looked forward to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. Shopping for a good cause has a certain appeal-excuses to buy nice clothes I don't normally need. The fantastic photos of the celebrities supporting the campaign have offered iconic images over the years. One that stood out for me was Kylie wrapped in the image of the target, the emblem for the campaign. Her beauty and fragility in that moment captured for ever.
I was the same age as Kylie was
when I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. OK I know
that's where the similarities end...my backside will never look like
that! But I have recognised her reluctance to be defined by her cancer
and then her courage when she has acknowledged it too. She hasn't
pretended it didn't have an impact but she has also demonstrated her
beauty and talent are in no way diminished.
This years fashion targets campaign has a focus on mothers and daughters. The stunning
images of Sharon and Kelly Osbourne and Pearl and Daisy Lowe shine out
from poster stands across the UK. As we know Sharon opted for a
bilateral mastectomy after identifying her genetic high risk of breast
cancer. A brave decision which must have had a huge impact on her
daughter too. As part of a BCCEU tweet chat recently I asked the
assistant director of research for Breakthrough Breast Cancer , Julia
Wilson (@jul-wil)what reassurance could she give families in the future.
Her reply was "our commitment we are ready to pick off different types
of breast cancer one by one and stop mothers and daughter dying".
like fashion targets may seem at one level glamorous but that's not what
they are about.....they are to bring much needed funds into this work.
So I will be wearing my support this year again. Here's more detail
about whats on offer.
My family like many others has felt the
impact for mothers and daughters. My step daughter, my daughter and I
did the Edinburgh moonwalk a few years ago, less than a year after my
step daughters mother had died of breast cancer. A poignant midnight
trudge through our beautiful city, our hearts heavy with loss but
strengthened but with that shared purpose. The sight of my son as a
volunteer helper throughout the night brought tears to our eyes, as did
the greeting from their Dad at the end. Fathers, sons as well as
daughters all feel the impact after all.
Reasons to be thankful.
will leave you with the image of this particular mother with her
daughter who is thankful everyday still to be here, 19 years after
breast cancer first invaded our lives and also after its impact a second
time. That's the result we want for everyone, so do wear your support,
the money is well invested....in saving lives.