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When West House matron Sue Medland was diagnosed with breast cancer at the start of the Autumn Term, she decided to share her story to raise awareness of the disease, which can be best treated with an early diagnosis.
Her 'Check your bumps for lumps' campaign is now raising more than just awareness, as she has turned her attention to raising money for the Royal Marsden breast cancer care unit in Sutton to help others who fall victim to the disease.
St John's matrons held cake sales in February and April that raised over £400, and on Sunday 1 May Sue organised a sponsored 10 mile walk to celebrate completing her eight months of treatment.
If you were enjoying the spring sunshine in the Ashtead, Leatherhead or Fetcham area last weekend you would have seen hundreds of women wearing distinctive pink tutus and 'Check your bumps for lumps' shirts, including a number of St John's staff.
Overall Sue's fundraising has already received over £10,000 in donations. If you would like to add to this total donations should be placed in an envelope addressed to Sue or visit her Just Giving fundraising page.
Sue is now free from cancer but recommends: "Everyone should make sure they know how to check their lumps for bumps, as even men can be affected by this vile disease. If you think there's something not quite right get it checked out as the earlier you spot it the better your chances."
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