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Education & awareness is at the core of what we do at CoppaFeel! which means we use our funds in ways that will allow us to reach the most young people with our life-saving message.
We aim to empower all young people with the knowledge to get to know what’s normal for them, and the confidence to see a doctor if they notice any changes. Read our latest impact report for the low-down on exactly what we’ve been able to achieve with your support.
Jenny was enjoying a holiday in Philadelphia for a friend’s wedding in 2009 when she found a lump in her breast. Back home in Oxfordshire she booked an appointment with her GP.
“She had a quick check and told me that it was most likely a hormonal cyst and to wait until my next cycle as it will most like disappear by itself,” says Jenny. It didn’t and, by then, suffering stabbing pains, she returned to the doctor’s.
“I was told the same thing, the risk category is 35 years old therefore it couldn’t possibly be anything sinister since I don’t have any family history as a close enough link.”
But with the lump still there and the pain still happening Jenny booked another appointment.“I had heard young women could get breast cancer so I wasn’t happy to be turned away another time,” she says.
Then fate intervened in the form of a magazine article about Kris Hallenga, who started CoppaFeel! after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer aged 23, which Jenny spotted in her mum’s copy of Good Housekeeping.
Armed with Good Housekeeping she went back to the doctor’s and asked to be referred to a consultant. After being referred Jenny was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 26.
I couldn’t help myself after telling my family and friends about my news but to email Kris and CoppaFeel!. Jenny decided to get on board as a volunteer and join the awesome Boobettes.
“I wanted to say thank you to Kris and CoppaFeel!, there aren’t many people in the world lucky enough to be able to honestly say someone saved their life. Kris saved mine.
“Without Kris and her wonderful support network working so hard to set up CoppaFeel! to bring awareness and educate young women on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer I would not be able to sit here today and say I have been through my journey with the best result possible, cancer free.
I am privileged to say I am the first person that contacted CoppaFeel! to say thank you and tell them how they have not only changed my life but saved my life.”
Our money is spent on materials, services and campaigns to educate and remind young people to check their boobs or pecs!
For more detailed information (and fancy graphs) about how we spend our money, please read our latest annual report.
Knowing your boobs could save your life, so sign up for one of our regular reminders to check your boobs.