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4 weeks ago
It was a huge shock to the family and Kirstin and Jordan wanted to raise funds to do something worthwhile and highlight the need to be breast aware. They decided to set themselves the challenge of walking a million steps a month, because it was something they could easily do during lockdown.
Kirstin said: “ We wanted to continue isolating as much as possible during lockdown whilst also raising funds and getting some exercise as well and this seemed the ideal solution. But more importantly we also wanted to highlight the need to check your breasts. My sister’s lump felt like a cyst and could easily have been ignored, especially as we have no family history of any kind of cancer. It’s so important to check these things out, even if you are unsure.”
Kirstin’s sister Gillian was advised to have early surgery for a mastectomy because the pandemic made chemotherapy a risky choice at the beginning. She’s now finished chemo and radio therapy too and is feeling positive about her prognosis.
As for Kirstin and Jordan, they’re delighted they are exceeding their JustGiving target.
“ 7 or 8 miles a day, which is what we’re doing, is quite a tough one when you’re doing it around working hours. We feel great getting all this exercise , but it’s hard and very tiring. What’s keeping us going are all those fantastic donors who are helping us smash our target. It’s a real motivation.”
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