A CITY woman who lost her sister to cancer is joining forces with Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 to launch a new fundraising campaign.
Trish Jamieson, from Bradville, stars on the Stand Up To Cancer campaign’s website, where she appears holding a bright red arrow - representing the need for everyone to join together and take a stand against all forms of cancer.
Trish’s sister Noreen was diagnosed with cancer twice and lost her battle with the disease in 1992 at just 38. Noreen had been diagnosed five years earlier and was treated with a mastectomy then chemotherapy.
But during reconstructive surgery 18 months later, the surgeon discovered another lump in Noreen’s breast and she needed more treatment. Sadly, after a long battle, she passed away.
Due to her strong family link to the disease, Trish was eligible for a landmark breast cancer prevention trial called IBIS-2. She signed up to the trial after finding a leaflet about it in a Race for Life fundraising pack.
Trish and thousands of women are now taking part in the study, which will show if a drug called anastrozole can prevent breast cancer in women at increased risk.
She finished taking the pills in March 2011 and is now having check-ups as part of the trial for a few more years. The results could help prevent thousands of women from developing breast cancer in the future.
Trish said: “I was devastated when I lost my sister Noreen and my cousin Marie to cancer. That’s why I was so keen to take part in the IBIS-2 trial.
“I want to do all I can to get everyone in Milton Keynes to Stand Up To Cancer right now. We need to fight back against this disease by raising money so that brilliant research can be translated into treatments for patients faster.”
Stand Up To Cancer is being brought to the UK for the first time by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. It will unite scientists, celebrities and communities in and across the county to generate funds, raise awareness and bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
In October, Channel 4’s on-air season will build over a whole week culminating in a live fundraising entertainment extravaganza on Friday, October 19.