Val's story

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"I want the money from my lifetime to do something everlasting."


Val is a long-standing Cancer Research UK supporter based in Birmingham.

"I know everyone says their mum is the best, but mine really was". 

Val's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1984. She was treated with a lumpectomy but sadly died in 1985. "It was heartbreaking then and still is to this day."

Val has been supporting Cancer Research UK ever since and has pledged to leave a gift in her Will. "My motivation for fundraising and leaving a gift in my Will is the hope that no other 21-year-old has to lose their beloved mother to cancer."

Since the time when Val's' mother passed away, we have made incredible progress in breast cancer research. Today, around 8 in 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer will survive their disease for 10 years or more – up from 4 in 10 in the 1970s.

But around 31 people still die from the disease every day. Thanks to support like Val's, we’re continuing to find new ways to increase cancer survival rates.

"Leaving a gift allows the research to carry on after I’ve gone.

I want the money from my lifetime to do something everlasting."


Over the last 40 years, Cancer Research UK’s work has helped double breast cancer survival. 

Thanks to progress, today around 8 in 10 women in the UK with breast cancer will survive for 10 years or more.


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