Kettering mum fronts charity campaign for vital research
LOCAL mum, Natasha Goodman from Kettering, has been selected to front a new campaign, ‘now is good’, launched by UK’s breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now.
‘Now is good’ will encourage new and existing supporters to commit to raising money for breast cancer research and will bring UK fundraisers together to make a difference to the lives of those affected by breast cancer. Whether it’s putting on a bake sale, organising dances or balls, holding collections, wearing fancy dress to work, signing up for a marathon, trekking, cycling or even skydiving – whatever it is that helps to raise money, now is good.
Natasha took part in a photoshoot to help encourage people to join the ‘now’ generation and fundraise in fun and effective ways – to change the future for good.
Natasha was diagnosed with HER2 positive breast cancer in 2011, aged 31. Her gruelling treatment lasted 18 months and included a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and Herceptin, which finished at Christmas 2013.
Her son was just 15 months old at the time. With her husband self-employed and out of the house early each morning, Natasha’s mother became a great support, looking after the little boy when Natasha was unable to.
Natasha started to suffer from anxiety and panic attacks during her treatment and saw a psychologist to help her through it.
She loves to chat to women who have been through similar experiences to her, and feels that contact with women in a similar situations has helped her greatly.
Natasha is passionate about raising awareness of breast cancer, and has done some great fundraising for Breast Cancer Now, raising money to help fund life-saving research.
Natasha said: “This is a cause so close to my heart. Thanks to incredible research breakthroughs, more women are surviving breast cancer than ever before, but more than 30 women still die from the disease every day in the UK. If research has the funding it needs to continue, by 2050, Breast Cancer Now believes everyone who faces breast cancer will live. I want everybody in Kettering and beyond to join me and help fundraise for Breast Cancer Now’s vital research to stop women dying of breast cancer in the future – and it starts right now, with each of us!”
Colin Norford, assistant director of National Fundraising at Breast Cancer Now, said: “Breast cancer is a heart-breaking disease, and when we hear that yet another life has been lost, it feels like we’re powerless against it. But there is something we can do – we are the generation that can change the future for good. With every cake we bake and every bucket we shake we’re powering research that’s finding new ways to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer until the day when we stop it, once and for all. We think now is the time to get started!”
Sign up for your free fundraising pack: breastcancernow.org/nowisgood or text Good7 to: 70660.
Pictured above – CLOSE TO HER HEART: Kettering-based Natasha Goodman – whose son was just 15 mnnths old when she was being treated for breast cancer – is now fronting the national Breast Cancer Now campaign.