There’s something about Suzie

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A woman who underwent treatment for breast cancer at Milton Keynes Hospital has made a donation to the Breast Care Unit, to say thank you.

Suzie Stellitano, aged 42, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and received life saving treatment from the staff at Milton Keynes Hospital’s Breast Care Unit.

After undergoing a double mastectomy and chemotherapy treatment at Milton Keynes Hospital, Suzie started fundraising for the Breast Care Unit and organised a sponsored walk around Willen Lake with her friends and family. The response was overwhelming, with 80 people attending on the day and staff from her husband’s employer Costco, heavily supporting the event too.

Suzie was delighted with the outcome, and can’t think of anywhere else she’d like the money to go. She said:

“The staff on the unit are truly amazing. They are a very positive team but most of all they make you feel like you really matter and treat you like a good friend. Nothing is too much trouble and they always make time to see you. I’m pleased to be able to give something back.”

“I was devastated to lose both breasts at the age of 41, but being diagnosed so quickly saved my life and for that I am very grateful. I thought breast cancer was something that affected older women; not something that would affect me. Hopefully by doing this I’ve helped people realise how important the unit’s work is, as well as raise funds.”

Suzie, along with her son Josh and friend Gale Zubiena, presented a cheque to the Breast Care Unit this week for £2,050. They plan on making the walk an annual event, to offer ongoing fundraising support to the hospital.

Fundraising Manager Vanessa Holmes is delighted with Suzie’s support, and hopes many others decide to get on board to support the unit. She said:

“We are launching a new appeal this April, fundraising for a piece of equipment which will ultimately enable our surgeons to see more people every day. Charitable donations and fundraising are vital, so if anyone would like to support our efforts, they should get in touch.”

For information on donating to the Breast Care Unit, please contact Vanessa Holmes Fundraising Manager on 01908 826690 or email fundraising@mkhospital.nhs.uk.