October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It is an annual international health campaign organised by major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.
On Sunday the 3 October at 10am, Jessie Pairman and Natalia Silva, together with seven other women and one child from Newcastle Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church took part in the 10km ‘Race for Life’ run to raise money for Cancer Research UK. They set up a fundraising page with a target of £500. They exceeded their target and raised a total of £630.00. 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The money donated to Cancer Research UK continues to help in the work they are doing to save lives.Natalia and Jessie have stories to tell about beating cancer. Natalia beat breast cancer. Her inspiration to raise funds for Cancer Research UK came from the fact that she wants to help save lives and also because her mum and my dad died from cancer.
Jessie beat four different types of cancer four times. All the cancers were detected early and she was able to have surgery to remove the tumours. Jessie knows so many people who have died from cancer, including her mum, and believes that if her mother’s cancer had been picked up early she would have survived. Jessie is thankful to God for healing her and for giving her strength during her most challenging moments.
The women of Newcastle SDA church hope to participate again in the 10km run next year to raise more funds for Cancer Research UK.