Well done to Gail…one of our own raising funds for Breast Cancer patients

17th December 2019

On the 27th November 2018 Gail in the Northumberland Sport team was diagnosed with a rare but invasive form of breast cancer. Following fantastic care from the team at Wansbeck General Hospital’s Breast Clinic she is now cancer free.

Along with two of her close friends, Gail decided to set herself the challenge of taking part in the Great North Run (definitely walking we must add), to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Clinic that looked after her so well and continues to do so over one year since her diagnoses.

The group of friends raised nearly £2,000 including the help by Gail’s 10 year old godson Daniel who took part in the Great North Junior Run and raised over £500.

The donation to the breast clinic was made via Bright Northumbria. For further information visit the Bright Northumbria website.

Gail Ballance said:

“In January when I found out my cancer hadn’t spread I decided to set myself a challenge to help focus my recovery and also as a way of saying thank you to the breast unit for the fantastic treatment I have received.

I hope the funds we have raised can help support others diagnosed with breast cancer”.

Consultant Michael Carr said:

“We are incredibly grateful to Gail, Daniel, Julie and Michelle for choosing to support the breast clinic. We appreciate the tremendous amount of effort that goes into the training for a challenge of this sort. It’s a fantastic achievement.

The funds raised are very much appreciated and will help to fund a range of things to improve our patients experience.

Physical activity and recovering from cancer

There are benefits of being active at every stage of cancer or treatment;

  • reduce tiredness and some treatment side effects
  • reduce anxiety and depression
  • improve your mood and quality of life
  • strengthen your muscles, joints and bones
  • look after your heart and reduce the risk of other health problems

For generic advice on keeping active whilst recovering from cancer please visit Macmillan Cancer Support.

If you are living with a long term health condition and would like advice on how to build activity into your day visit the We Are Undefeatable website.

Gail Ballance fundraising
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