A breast cancer survivor and her husband are gearing up for a 60-mile bike ride next weekend to help more people survive the disease.
Runcton Holme couple Sarah and Matthew Lamming are taking on the London to Cambridge Bike Ride on July 3 in aid of Breast Cancer Now – and have already raised more than £1,600 towards the cause.
Mum-of-two Sarah, 40, was diagnosed with the same cancer that killed her mother after she found a lump in her breast in December 2014 – at the age of just 38.
But rather than having just the lump removed, Sarah elected to have a double mastectomy and reconstruction instead.
A mammogram she was offered due to a family history of breast cancer had failed to pick anything up, and she also proved negative for the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 breast cancer genes – although doctors are convinced Sarah’s cancer was genetic.
Sarah said the decision to have the double mastectomy in February 2015 was “a no brainer” as she could have never forgiven herself if the cancer came back.
“If the cancer had ever come back and it wasn’t picked up early I could never of forgiven myself for not taking action when I could,” she said.
Sarah also took the brave decision to undergo another operation to have her ovaries removed because of a genetic link to ovarian cancer.
Sarah, who runs her own laundry business, lost her mum to breast cancer 11 years ago, aged 59. Her aunt was also diagnosed with the disease when she was just 37. She underwent a mastectomy and lived into her 80s. Their grandmother suffered from breast cancer too.
Sarah decided to take up the London to Cambridge bike ride to help Breast Cancer Now save even more lives through breast cancer research. She will be taking part in the event with husband Matthew, 40, who works for Snap-On Diagnostics in Lynn.
The couple live with their daughters Abigail, 12, and Daisy, 9.
Sarah said: “I want to raise awareness of breast cancer as well, and the importance of checking your breasts for abnormalities.”
Anyone wishing to sponsor the couple can visit their web page at: www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Lamming