Megan's Skydive 2015 page
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This June I am taking part in the big pink plunge world record attempt for Against Breast Cancer, this means I will be doing a tandem skydive at over 2 and half miles high. The event will take place in Brackley Airfield in Northampton and it is hoped that the event will raise up to £5000 to fund ongoing research into the improved diagnosis of Breast Cancer.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths and there is still an extremely unwelcoming amount of people that are diagnosed and taken from us far too soon. In 2015 it is expected that there will be around 40,730 deaths from breast cancer and a further estimate of 234,190 new cases will be diagnosed.
Around 130 women are diagnosed with breast cancer per day, and this not only affects those diagnosed but also those supporting them, family and friends. I am doing this skydive for all of those affected by breast cancer in any way. Two particular people I am doing this for is my precious Mum and Nan, both of whom have the BRCA2 gene which is hereditary in my family.
My mum was sadly diagnosed with Breast cancer in 2009, which was heartbreaking and a scary thing to hear. Thankfully, she was lucky enough and strong enough to beat the cancer and 2015 is the fifth year in her recovery. However, beating the cancer doesn't take away the cruel life changing battle she has gone through, how hard it was for her to hear her diagnosis, how hard it was for her to tell her family and friends and to even begin to accept the diagnosis herself. I admire my mum in so many ways for how she dealt with this battle, and I will never be able to even begin to express how grateful I am that she is still here. My Nan was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer just two weeks after my mum in 2009 (doctors believe there is a link between Ovarian and Breast cancer). After several treatments of chemotherapy she is still fighting the relentless illness and unable to do a lot of the things she used to love to.
I’m doing this to honour the extraordinary bravery shown by both my mum and my Nan. For all the victims that have been affected in any way after hearing the deafening news of breast cancer, for those who are yet to be diagnosed and have their world in turmoil and to aid the research into improving the diagnosis of Breast Cancer in the hope that one day we may beat Breast cancer all together.
Every single penny donated will be very much appreciated whether big or small, every penny counts and together we can all make a difference!
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