Being a healthy woman in my 40's and always up for an adventure, but knowing the facts that one in every eight of the wonderful women in my life may well contract breast cancer or maybe it will be me, is a frightful prospect to ponder. This disease is not discriminatory, it doesn't care if you are blond or brunette, which religion or ethnic background you come from, it doesn't care if you are a mum, a mate, a wife, a daughter, sister, aunt or gran, and it certainly doesn't matter if you think you will never get it. We all know of someone that thought they would never get breast cancer!
A friend and work colleague Sandy Luscombe, gave me a huge insight to what this dreadful disease can do to a beautiful person. Sandy lost her fight with breast cancer in December 2011. She was only in her 40's - just like me. Her strength, courage and fight was truly inspirational but nobody should have to go through what she went through.
When the going gets tough - I know she will be willing me on and my pain on my Mt Kilimanjaro challenge will be nothing compared to what she went through.
NBCF's has a goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030, all going well I will turn 62 years old in 2030. More than 2 out of 3 cases of breast cancer occur in women between the ages of 40 and 69 years - that statistic alone is enough to make me want cherish my health, live life for today, and do something to help make a difference.
I'm inspired by the work that National Breast Cancer Foundation do, so I wanted to raise money for them as part of my participation in Trek Towards A Cure: Mt Kilimanjaro 2014. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about National Breast Cancer Foundation, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!