Earlier this year I lost a friend to breast cancer. She was just 38, and has left behind a husband and their two young children. Claire died because we do not yet have the ability to fight such an aggressive form of breast cancer – and more women, and men (remember, men can get breast cancer too), will continue to die until medical science comes up with a cure.
No amount of forwarding Facebook statuses will change that. Buying pink charity merchandise helps a bit, but the amount of money that actually goes to cancer research from such sales isn’t actually very much. By far the best way of helping to fight cancer is to put your hand in your pocket and make a direct donation.
Claire was an incredible woman. Brave to the end, and so uncomplaining that although we all knew her condition was terminal it was a shock when she did die because she just kept soldiering on. She was graceful to the very end, and she will be sorely missed.
Today around thirty of Claire’s friends, coming from all over the UK, are taking part in the Race for Life in memory of Claire. Please donate whatever you can – even £1 would help (and if you’re a UK taxpayer then please do click the GiftAid option). Most of my blog followers won’t know Claire, but I bet most of you know someone like her. It’s sad to say, but I don’t know anyone whose life hasn’t been affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly.
Please donate if you can, and if you can encourage others to donate too then that would also be splendid. Thank you.