£10k in 10 Days!
Make 2nds Count has raised £10K in its first two weeks!
Lisa Fleming, the founder of Make 2nds Count, and mum to a 5-year-old boy, was dismayed at how little public attention, support and research funding secondary breast cancer attracted, so she and her husband, Euan, set up Make 2nds Count to raise awareness and much-needed funds for research into this "forgotten" form of cancer. The charity – the only one of its kind in Scotland – launched officially at a reception in Prestonfield Hotel in Edinburgh on May 30th.
In its first two weeks, the charity has now raised £10K through numerous fundraising challenges, including quiz nights, races, and a danceathon on Buchanan Street in Glasgow with Starbucks staff.
“I’ve been overwhelmed at the support we have had in such a short space of time,” said Lisa. “It’s so crucial that we are able to understand more about secondary breast cancer and what can be done to tackle it, and every penny raised is going towards achieving this.”
The funds raised by the charity will go directly to research on secondary breast cancer being conducted at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh by leading academic oncologist Dr Olga Oikonomidou, who is also a patron of the new charity.
“I look at my five-year-old son and I think I have got to fight, and I don’t want other women to find themselves in the position I was in because of lack of knowledge,” she said. “I know we are not going to change the world but if we can make people aware of what it is, and raise money for research, then that will be something really great.”