Looking back at the 29th May 2018, it's hard to believe that Make 2nds Count is 2 years old! I will never forget my husband Euan's reaction when I turned to him mid-chemotherapy in 2017 and told him that I wanted to make a change and set up a charity to fund research for secondary breast cancer. He thought I was crazy! Yet Euan along with so many of our friends and family rallied to turn the initial vision into a reality.
In our first year, Make 2nds Count donated over £150,000 to support a pioneering research project at the University of Edinburgh’s Breast Cancer Translational Research Group at the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre.
Led by Academic Consultant Medical Oncologist Dr Olga Oikonomidou, the study will help us better understand secondary breast cancer by identifying the specific gene changes, or mutations, that drive cancer cell growth in individual patients.
Further information on the project can be found here Research
In late 2019 as a board we took the decision to employ a small team to allow us to turn our vision into a reality. We were delighted to be joined by Emma Hall in the role of Head of Fundraising, an experienced fundraiser with over 10 years of experience in the charity sector. Emma brought with her a wealth of experience and has become an integral part of the Make 2nds Count team. Supported recently by Fiona Doig (Community Fundraiser) and Emma Bashford (Partnerships and Events), the operational team work incredibly hard to turn my on occasion 'crazy' ideas into a reality.
Patients and their families have always been at the heart of Make 2nds Count and in the first quarter of this year the team have turned their attention to implementing a support programme in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With a focus on quality of life, our support programme helps patients and families affected by this incurable disease by informing, sharing and offering practical advice & support. More information on this programme can be found here Support