Leeds mum battling breast cancer backs campaign

Ailsa Gunn, with 11-year-old son Adam.
Ailsa Gunn, with 11-year-old son Adam.
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A breast cancer sufferer from Leeds hopes to raise awareness of the disease by supporting a new campaign.

Mother-of-one Ailsa Gunn, 43, is battling breast cancer and backing an initiative to raise awareness and funds for the Breast Cancer Campaign charity.

Ailsa, who has had a lumpectomy and chemotherapy at the Spire Leeds Hospital, aims to get women to check their breasts for any tell-tale signs and then donate £1 to the charity, which carries out life-saving medical research to help fund cures for breast cancer.

So far she has raised £600 – smashing her previous target of £200.

Ailsa regularly carries out breast checks, which is how she came across the two-centimetre lump earlier this year.

She said: “When I spoke to friends to tell them the news, I found so many of them don’t check themselves or go to the GP for regular checks.

“I thought maybe I could raise awareness for women to know the importance of this.

“Everyone’s positive messages and support are hugely appreciated. To see people coming together for the cause in this way is incredibly touching and heartwarming.

“If even one woman found a lump and gets an earlier diagnosis and treatment then the campaign is worthwhile.”

To find out more, visit www.justgiving.com/know-your-lemons.