A LEEDS grandmother, who in less than five years saw her two daughters and then herself diagnosed with breast cancer, was the special guest of honour to open one of Yorkshire’s biggest Cancer Research shops.
Maureen Young, 73 has been an ardent fundraiser and campaigner for Cancer Research UK, since her daughter, Kimberley O’Rourke, 53, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005.
However, just four years later her other daughter Sarah was diagnosed, before she herself received the devastating diagnosis just months afterwards.
Maureen, who officially opened Cancer Researck UK’s new Kirkstall Bridge store, said: “It was a shock to us all when Kimberley was diagnosed.
“But when it happened to Sarah too in 2009, we just couldn’t believe it.
“Thankfully, both got through their chemo and radiotherapy and are now doing really well, just going for annual checks.
“Seeing how well they did from the treatments they were able to have, and getting to know the fantastic team at the Leeds Cancer Centre though our fundraising, it was a real help to me when I was then diagnosed just two months after Sarah.
“It made us want to work even harder to raise more money to help research.”
Cancer Research UK Research fellow Laura Wastall, who also helped open the store in Kirkstall, Leeds, has had personal experience of the disease.
Her mum and other members of her family were diagnosed with the disease.
The new shop at Kirkstall Bridge Retail Park is now the largest store for the charity in Yorkshire.
Store manager Laura Hartley said: “We are so grateful to Maureen and Laura for coming along to be our special guest. Both their family’s stories really bring home the importance of raising funds to support the charity’s ground-breaking work.”