Family members' pink party for Breast Cancer Care
PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 October 2011 | UPDATED: 18:13 17 October 2011
TWO members of the same family who both survived breast cancer threw a pink bonanza to raise money to help fight the illness.
Marion Brooker and her mother-in-law, also called Marion, raised almost £550 at the bash which will go towards the work done by charity Breast Cancer Care, which helped the younger Mrs Brooker through her recent battle against the affliction.
Marion, aged 48, was diagnosed with the illness in October last year, but underwent her final chemotherapy treatment in June and was subsequently given the all-clear.
The mother-of-three said: “Being diagnosed was simply devastating. I do not think people realise just how bad it is when you are told you have something like breast cancer and you have to undergo all of that different treatment, you just lose complete control over things.
“I had radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and the worst thing about it all was losing my hair.”
Marion, who has been told she is now 88 per cent likely to never suffer from it again, continued: “But from my very first session, Breast Cancer Care offered me support and helped me throughout what was a very difficult time, and I thought that this was a good way of making some money for them after all the help I had.”
The bash, held at her home in Sutherland Drive, Hutton, featured a range of goods which were sold to raise money, while guests dressed up in pink clothes and wigs.
Her mother-in-law, 75-year-old Marion, from Burnham, was diagnosed with the illness in 1996, but after a mastectomy operation to remove one of her breasts she made a full recovery.
She said: “I was very lucky with mine, although the reconstructive surgery was not very nice. I did not have to go through some of what Marion has done in the past year, but she has come out the other side and is luckily fine now.
“The party went very well, I think everyone had great fun and there were around 50 people there. It was fantastic to raise so much money for Breast Cancer Care.”