Josie MacEwan our fabulous Business Development Manager has signed up along with her equally fabulous daughter, Tazmin, for the Fabulous Challenge to Transylvania to raise funds for CoppaFeel! along with team captains Lisa Snowdon and Tom Fletcher.
Between the 22nd and 27th July, Josie and Tazmin will be camping in a small Romanian village, and tackling the rugged wilderness around the region’s impressive mountain ranges. Trekking for up to 8 hours a day it’s not going to be easy and will be out of Josie and Tazmin’s comfort zones as the terrain will be rough and stamina needed for spending the day trekking and gaining heights of up to 2400m.
Josie told us, ‘The journey is very personal to me, in 2014 I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer after finding a lump during a regular check of myself. I can’t begin to tell you what it feels like to be told you’ve got cancer, but I remember saying to my consultant, “So, what’s the battle plan”. I went through all the treatments: operations, chemotherapy and radiotherapy and faced it head on. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to face in my life, but I am here today. I have been all clear since 2014 and I feel lucky to be a survivor of this terrible disease.’
Tazmin shared her story with us, ‘Some of you may or may not know, I was affected by breast cancer at the age of 15 – halfway through my first year of GCSE exams. My Mum came to me one evening to tell me she had checked herself and had found a lump. Despite her reassurance, I was still naturally very worried and scared. A few days later, my worst fears were confirmed, and my Mum had been diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. This meant at 15 years old I took on the role of caring for her. This was a very difficult time in my life as I lived in constant anxiety and still do. At home I was surrounded by the devastating consequences breast cancer and treatment had on a person daily. Nonetheless, I was and will forever be incredibly proud of my Mum for her resilience and ability to not let breast cancer define her. Fortunately, my Mum got the ‘all clear’ 4 years ago. If it were not for her checking herself and knowing the warning signs, this may not have been the case. I want to show people that there is life after cancer and cancer CAN and WILL be beaten.’
Josie and Tazmin have already started their training programme, so they’ll be ready for July as Josie is determined to give something back after her experience.
As Josie and Tazmin’s journey shows cancer can affect anyone and they can’t stress enough the importance of checking yourself on a regular basis.
To support Josie and Tazmin with their challenge please visit and give as much as you can.
CoppaFeel! is a breast cancer awareness charity and their mission is to spread awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer across the country.
For more information about CoppaFeel! Visit https://coppafeel.org and sign up for a regular Boob Check reminder.