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Alex Staines

Alex Staines

My Story

I still remember vividly the week before my 17th birthday in 2012 when my mum was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I felt numb. Fortunately it wasn't mum's time and a week before my 18th birthday she was given the all clear as a result of the amazing treatment she received; it was the best 18th birthday present I could have wished for.

At the end of 2021 I was given the crushing news that mum's cancer had returned, except this time as stage 4 breast cancer which had spread to her bones; it was incurable. Many would have caved at the news but not mum. She went through rounds of radiotherapy and hormone treatment, not once losing her infectious sense of humour or ability to take the mick out of herself or the situation she now found herself in. 

Unfortunately after 18 months the treatment stopped working which forced mum to make her decision, one of the bravest decisions I’ve ever known, she decided that enough was enough and that it was time to call it a day. Mum passed away aged 60 on the 28th July 2023 whilst I was at my best friends wedding. The day before she had looked me in the eyes and told me in no uncertain terms that I must go to the wedding and enjoy myself; that was my mum. 

I applied to run for Breast Cancer Now whilst mum was ill because I wanted to give back. The treatment mum received allowed her to live another 10 years during which time mum saw so much, some highlights include me and my sister finishing school, graduating university, starting full time jobs, buying our first houses and going on some amazing family holidays, for that I'm eternally grateful. Two weeks to the day after mum had passed away I received a call asking me to join the Breast Cancer Now marathon team, it was a no brainer.

This is a cause which is so close to my heart and it truly means the world to me to be able to run the London Marathon and raise money in mum's memory. Any donations are gratefully received and I hope that they will help give others the extra years my mum had to enable them to create those memories which last a lifetime. 

I love you mum x

Breast Cancer Now

Raising for:

Breast Cancer Now
335%

Funded

  • Target
    £5,000
  • Raised so far
    £16.8K
  • Number of donors
    300

My Story

I still remember vividly the week before my 17th birthday in 2012 when my mum was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I felt numb. Fortunately it wasn't mum's time and a week before my 18th birthday she was given the all clear as a result of the amazing treatment she received; it was the best 18th birthday present I could have wished for.

At the end of 2021 I was given the crushing news that mum's cancer had returned, except this time as stage 4 breast cancer which had spread to her bones; it was incurable. Many would have caved at the news but not mum. She went through rounds of radiotherapy and hormone treatment, not once losing her infectious sense of humour or ability to take the mick out of herself or the situation she now found herself in. 

Unfortunately after 18 months the treatment stopped working which forced mum to make her decision, one of the bravest decisions I’ve ever known, she decided that enough was enough and that it was time to call it a day. Mum passed away aged 60 on the 28th July 2023 whilst I was at my best friends wedding. The day before she had looked me in the eyes and told me in no uncertain terms that I must go to the wedding and enjoy myself; that was my mum. 

I applied to run for Breast Cancer Now whilst mum was ill because I wanted to give back. The treatment mum received allowed her to live another 10 years during which time mum saw so much, some highlights include me and my sister finishing school, graduating university, starting full time jobs, buying our first houses and going on some amazing family holidays, for that I'm eternally grateful. Two weeks to the day after mum had passed away I received a call asking me to join the Breast Cancer Now marathon team, it was a no brainer.

This is a cause which is so close to my heart and it truly means the world to me to be able to run the London Marathon and raise money in mum's memory. Any donations are gratefully received and I hope that they will help give others the extra years my mum had to enable them to create those memories which last a lifetime. 

I love you mum x