Story

Thank you for visiting my fundraising page (please note links for BBC NWT clips, YouTube SusanWelch1Fund Campaign Video and Daily Mail Article at the end of my story) also follow me on twitter @SusanWelch1Fund

 

Simply, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2007, and in June 2010, the cancer metastasised and, as a result, I transferred from my local hospital to The Christie Hospital, Manchester, under the care of Dr Greg Wilson, a Consultant Medical Oncologist specialising in breast cancer. This hospital is the largest cancer centre in Europe and has been pioneering cancer research breakthroughs for over 100 years. I have had breast cancer in eight places in total i.e. breast, lymph nodes, both lungs, both liver lobes and spine and neck. I am currently in remission at present and hope to be for a long time.

 

The median life expectancy for metastatic (secondary) breast cancer is given academically as two years and nearly three years later, I am still here. In total, over the six years, I have had countless surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and anti-cancer drugs, as well as procedures to give me a better quality of life. I have lost my hair twice and have lymphoedema in my arm, as a result of breast cancer surgery.

 

Unilever, my employer, my work colleagues, friends and family have already supported me greatly in my journey, as has the care and dedication of my consultant medical oncologist, Dr Wilson and staff at “The Christie”. Also the bravery and skill of my consultant liver surgeon, Mr Sheen and staff at "BMI Alexandra Hospital". My Christian faith has also given me courage, beyond anything imaginable. This fundraising is an opportunity for me to help give something back, so I would very much appreciate any support that you can offer to The Christie Hospital Charity Trust. See below for more details.

 

My company has a saying “Small Actions – Big Difference”. Be a part of this, in life you never know what happens! I may be writing an update in the near future and asking for a revised target!

 

Yours most sincerely

 

Susan Welch

 

If possible, I would like to raise £150,000 for a research project into the investigation of the causes of arm lymphoedema, a common long term side effect of treatment for breast cancer. If it is possible to raise this much money, it could help to find effective ways to prevent or treat the problem. Amazingly, this is to me, apart from being not in remission, is the most distressing side effect to me and research into this condition, is very limited. It involves so much care and effort, forward planning, creative thinking, determination, in order to try to manage the condition. Sometimes this is not enough and pain and suffering occurs. Breast, Colon, CUP Fund CC 05101- Dr Wilson.

 

For my primary cancer treatment, I was looked after by “The Shooting Star” unit at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital. Thank you to all the staff there, as well as the Lymphoedema specialists who continue to treat me.

Link for BBC News North West Tonight, Clip on You-Tube (1.5 mins):-

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8rwRhQYDMlBSjlBvKtsj7A

Link for BBC News North West Tonight, Full piece on You-Tube (2.5 mins):-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSL4QPnTHCAYouTube

Link for SusanWelch1Fund Campaign Video on You-Tube:_

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFmBU33C7lk

Link for Daily Mail Article:_

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2284442/Breast-cancer-The-liver-operation-gives-breast-cancer-patients-new-lease-life.html

Updates 70

Thank you to Grosvenor Garden Centre Cafe and their customers who collected £110.86 in two static collecting pots situated by their tills ! Best wishes from Susan Welch 1 Fund

30/12/14 01:54

Thank you to Cheshire Oaks McArthur Glen UK who allowed Susan Welch 1 Fund to do a bucket collection for The Christie This raised a total of £470.68 !!

16/12/14 08:39

Thank you to Grosvenor Garden Centre Cafe and their customers who collected £144.67 in two static collecting pots situated by their tills !

16/12/14 08:34

Thank you to Warrington Wolves Rugby Club who allowed Susan Welch 1 Fund to do a bucket collection for The Christie This raised a grand total of £969.11!!

16/12/14 08:29

Thank you to my work colleagues who donated £11.70 from cake sale

16/12/14 08:26

Raising money for

The Christie

The Christie

Charity Registration No. 1049751

The Christie charity provides enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds for more than 40,000 cancer patients treated at The Christie every year. Your support can help us to fund life-changing and potentially life-saving projects that will benefit cancer patients both now and in the future.

Donations 114

Just a small gift from us to thank you for being so supportive to Michelle while she was having chemotherapy. You are one of the strongest people we know. Keep fighting. Lots of love xxx

Donation by Amy and Tony Kershaw on 05/03/15

£50.00

I have just read your interview in the mail which has encouraged me. I have secondary breast cancer to the liver only and was told yesterday that it was inoperable. My Christian faith keeps me strong.

Donation by Liz Cooke on 24/02/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

To all our much valued customers thank you for your continued use of our services during 2014. Good luck to Susan and all her dedicated supporters.

Donation by QUINPLEX LIMITED on 16/12/14

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Best wishes Susan and Keith Kindly donated money at The Christie Clinic

Donation by Susan and Keith on 12/12/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

An inspirational story. And an amazing hospital that we are so lucky to have in the North West. Best wishes Susan.

Donation by Anonymous on 02/09/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Amazing work! You are inspirational

Donation by little lymphie lucia on 05/07/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

good luck with your target fundraiser susan x roo x

Donation by roo leach on 16/05/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

you kicked cancers arse, lets help others do the same. Congratulations :)

Donation by Ali Osborne on 29/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Worthwhile Cause! Good luck with your fundraising.

Donation by Bridget Jones bjj1212 on 02/03/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Dear Susan. What a great idea. Lymphoedema does cause a lot of misery yet so little is known about it. I'm sorry you have had to go through so much. Best wishes

Donation by Liz (Sleeve Stars) on 10/01/14

£10.00

Happy Christmas Susan, enjoy :-)

Donation by Julia on 23/12/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Hi Susan, Thank you so much for contributing to our new cancer guide. It's now available to download on bupa.co.uk/beyondcancer Best wishes

Donation by Bupa on 05/12/13

Fighting the same fight. You are an inspiration to us all - keep doing what you're doing!

Donation by Ron & Helen Morris on 27/11/13

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Best Wishes from Viv and Charlotte

Donation by Anonymous on 13/09/13

Best Wishes from Christine

Donation by Anonymous on 04/09/13

Very Best Wishes from Patsy Turner and Bill Brizell

Donation by Anonymous on 22/08/13

best wishes for this xxx

Donation by Elaine C on 22/07/13

Good luck Chris - especially for such a great cause. Wishing Susan the very best too !! Best wishes, Phil.

Donation by Phil Ryan on 19/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

About time!

Donation by John Walsh on 19/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Sue, it was really good to talk to you today.

Donation by Phil Moore on 16/07/13

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Chris Thank you so much for doing this 130 mile bike ride in aid of my fund and "The Christie" Cancer is hard to live with but so is this condition for many sufferers Thank you on behalf of them

Donation by Susan Welch on 13/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

In support of Chris Loxley's cycling effort (even though 120 miles is just a training ride !) for the great cause Susan is fund raising for. All the best!

Donation by Anonymous on 12/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Go for it Chris - 130 miles should be nothing for a man such as you! And "Hi Sue"!

Donation by Rob Chatfield on 11/07/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Fantastic work Sue! You are truly amazing.... I could only hope, that I would have a fraction of your drive, determination and vigour for life! We hear your laughter even when you are poorly xxx

Donation by Anonymous on 04/07/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 28/06/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,317.31
  • Offline donations£8,340.19
  • Text donations£11.00
  • Total raised£11,668.50
  • Gift Aid£725.00

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