February 24, 2011
MP and Mayor back charity's cancer awareness campaign
MP and Mayor were among the local dignitaries at the launch of
a local charity's cancer awareness campaign on Thursday (February
24th) in memory of a local lady who died of the disease last year.
20 people, including MP Tessa Munt, Mayor Michael Clarke, Mayoress
Maria Clarke and Cllr Joe Leach, attended Somerset Breakthrough
Breast Cancer's launch of its 'Julie's Legacy' campaign, named
after 35-year-old Julie Selway, who died last April after a battle
with breast cancer.
was extremely kind hearted and would be there for you at any time.
She was a special woman who helped other people to cope with breast
cancer and convinced them to carry on with treatment when they
were thinking of giving up," the charity's founder,
Christine Piper, told Burnham-On-Sea.com at Thursday evening's
launch at Burnham's BASC ground.
Julie was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007 and joined
Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer in the summer of 2008.
"Julie settled in with our group and we were shocked to
hear about her breast cancer. She explained to me that she didn't
know that the dimpling she found on her breast was a sign of breast
cancer. She, like hundreds of women today, thought you had to
find a lump to have breast cancer."
"When Julie joined us, time wasn't on her side and the cancer
had spread to her spine and her liver."
"She had already had operations on her spine to insert eight
titanium screws and two rods followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
She had five attempts at chemo."
"She told us that the treatment had made her feel like she
had a second chance at life and, for a while, it did as it allowed
her to marry the love of her life, Iaine, and they travelled to
some of the places she had always wanted to."
However, Julie lost her fight on Thursday 15th April last year.
added: "As a group, we were all stunned by her death, we
were expecting to see her at our fundraising
fashion show, which held last May. We hadn't seen Julie since
our ball in December which, with Julie's help, was a fantastic
success as it was the group's first ever ball."
"I kept thinking about her and came up with the idea of
Julie's Legacy to promote breast cancer awareness across Somerset
and put it to our group who agreed without hesitation and it is
even more fitting now as earlier this month it was announced that
breast cancer now affects one in eight women."
Julie's legacy was born and with the support of MP Tessa Munt,
Bernie Nolan and Cllr Michael and Mrs Maria Clarke, the campaign
The 'Touch, Look, Check' campaign urges women to touch their breasts
to check whether they feel anything unusual, look for changes
in shape or texture, and check for anything unusual with their
The charity hopes that local businesses, schools, colleges and
other public areas will display posters to raise awareness of
the campaign. Those who can help should call 01278 793870.
Burnham MP Tessa Munt told Burnham-On-Sea.com at Thursday's event:
"Breast Cancer affects so many families and each of us will
know someone whose life has been affected by breast cancer. It's
so important that everyone, women and men 'touch, look and check'
so that any problems can be caught early."
Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer group does fantastic work
and raises an amazing amount of money to campaign and support
people with breast cancer and I'm honoured to support their work."
And Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke added: "We are truly proud
to be involved with Breakthrough Breast Cancer; the work carried
out by this pioneering charity is really helping to save lives.
Promoting education and awareness are vital in the fight against
breast cancer and Breakthrough is making a difference."
A special message was also received in time for the launch from
Bernie Nolan, from the Nolan Sisters and now touring in Calendar
Girls, who said: "Life is so important. One day I noticed
dimpling on my breast and I nearly ignored it but something told
me 'no' and I went to my GP, who on checking found a lump which
resulted in my having six months of Chemotherapy followed by a
Mastectomy and Reconstruction."
"I am supporting Breakthrough Breast Cancer's Touch Look
Check campaign which can save your life as it tells you the signs
of breast cancer. The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the
better the chances of beating it, so please Touch Look Check because
life is so important. Please support the Somerset Breakthrough
group who do such fantastic work promoting and fundraising to
make a difference."
The Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer group was formed in 1997
by Christine and John Piper. Group members Susie Loosley, Holly
Brown and Holly Macbeth have been with the group for a long time,
however Julie's husband, Iaine, her sister Hayley, and brothers-in-law
Marc and Colston, along with friends Andy and Eugene, joined the
group in June last year and helped to add to the impressive £260,000
raised for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. More details are available