It’s been estimated that each year in Northern Ireland, around 1400 people are diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s a diagnosis that can place huge physical, emotional, and practical strains on patients - and their families. Breast cancer tends to be most prevalent in older women, but the disease can strike at any age. It can also affect both women and men.
Pretty ‘n’ Pink is a local breast cancer charity which set up by Noleen Adair. Noleen was just 22yrs old when she received her cancer diagnosis. She wanted to create something positive out of her experience by helping others. And the charity that she established provides practical care and support to patients and their families through the Pretty ‘n’ Pink Support Fund.
The Fund helps people living with a cancer diagnosis to meet some of the costs associated with heating their homes, buying specialist post-surgery clothing and complimentary therapies. All of this support makes life just a little easier. It reduces hardship and allows people to focus on their well-being at a time of huge uncertainty and upset.
Sadly, Noleen passed away when she was 35 years old. But her legacy, and the charity that she created, continues to grow and thrive with the help of a small team and great volunteers.
You can find out more information about possible signs and symptoms of breast cancer by visiting the Pretty ‘n’ Pink website. You can also help the charity to support people with breast cancer by making a donation, volunteering, or by taking part in or organising a fundraising event.