Make 2nds Count

Make 2nds Count is dedicated to making women and men living with
secondary breast cancer count.

We aim to do this by raising funds to support research specifically into secondary breast cancer. The research will work towards extending and improving the quality of life for patients battling against this currently treatable yet incurable disease.


What we are trying to do...

To benefit the public by raising awareness through education and medical research relating to secondary breast cancer.

To provide financial support for individuals or family members of those suffering from secondary breast cancer.

To assist in the advancement of health and the saving of lives, for individuals suffering from secondary breast cancer.

Together we can Make 2nds Count!



approximate number of individuals that die each month in the UK from Secondary Breast Cancer 



5 - 9%

of funding for breast cancer goes to secondary research 




RAISED AND DONATIONS MADE to MaKe 2nds Count will go directly to research into secondary BREAST CANCER




Stage 4 | Secondary Breast Cancer

Stage 4? Secondary? Metastatic? These are all terms used to describe when cancer cells initially from the breast spread to other parts of the body.  


Did you know...

  • Research estimates that there are approximately 35,000 people currently living in the UK with secondary breast cancer.

  • As with our founder, Lisa’s, diagnosis, approximately 5% of people are diagnosed with secondary cancer ‘de novo’ (at the same time as their initial breast cancer diagnosis). 

  • On average 30% of patients who have battled primary breast cancer will go on to be diagnosed with secondary breast cancer within the first 10 years of their initial diagnosis.  

  • Approximately 1,000 people die from secondary breast cancer in the UK every single month.  



Stage 4 Fighters

Meet our Fighters. Click through to read their stories about how they are living with
Stage 4 / Secondary Breast Cancer.


On 6th of February 2013 at the age of 28 I was coming home from the hospital after my last radiotherapy session of more



I was initially diagnosed with primary breast cancer in September 2011, when my baby daughter was just 11 months more

In memory of Sally…

I was relaxing on the sofa when I found a lump on my breast. This is when the rollercoaster began... read more



My son was born in the September of 2014 and
we could not have been happier. Shortly after I discovered I was pregnant,
I found a small pea sized lump in my right more

In memory of Nina…

My world was turned upside down aged 38 when I found a dent in my left breast. Diagnosed with IDC stage 2B with lymph more




Lisa Fleming, our Founder

Let’s throwback to May 28th 2017, life is crazy (in an organised chaos type of way). Family of three making plans for the future. May 29th 2017, I am diagnosed ‘de novo’ with primary and secondary breast cancer. Life changes forever. 

Read Lisa's full story



Get Involved


Put the fun into fundraising !

There is nothing the team at Make 2nds Count like more than to rack our brains and come up with ideas to raise money – but we can’t do it alone!  

Make 2nds Count is run solely by volunteers and, as such, we rely on your support to help us raise much needed funds for research into secondary breast cancer.  Let your imagine run wild as you create your very own Make 2nds Count fundraiser! 

Not sure where to start?  Don’t worry!  We’ve made sure you can make every second you spend on fundraising count with our top tips!



We've put together a guide to help you set up and run an event. Whether it's a bake sale, a sponsored silence, a bucket shake or a masked ball, read more here about how to get started.


We are always looking for volunteers to help us out! If you would like to join our team of volunteers we would love to hear from you.

Make a Donation

Click through below to reach our Just Giving page where you can read more and find out how to donate.


You can now also make donations to Make 2nds Count via Amazon Smile! To find out how click HERE.


Perhaps you can support us by donating a prize for one of our events? We will make every donation count from a free MOT to a weekend in your holiday home and everything in between. If you can support us in this way please take a second to get in touch via


Where will your money go?

Funds raised for Make 2nds Count will go directly to secondary breast cancer research in the form of The Secondary Breast Cancer Team based at the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. 

The team is headed up by Dr Olga Oikonomidou. Dr Oikonomidou holds a position as an Academic Consultant Medical Oncologist with special interest in breast cancer at the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, University of Edinburgh.