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What happens at 23? Well, if you’re lucky, seeing a bit of the world, brunching with mates and a whole load of carefree fun. And if you’re less lucky? Breast cancer.
CoppaFeel! was founded in 2009 by Kristin Hallenga (on the right) and her twin sister Maren. Kris was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer at the age of 23. After finding a lump at 22, living abroad in China for 8 months and eventually visiting her doctor 3 times, Kris was told the news that she had incurable breast cancer. Kris was unaware that breast cancer could affect people in their twenties and knew very little about the disease. It struck her that there was very little information out there for young people, educating them about the disease, how they could be looking after themselves and informing them that breast cancer doesn’t just affect women over 50.
Although Kris will always live with cancer, she wanted to get the message out there to young people that catching cancer early means you have a higher chance of surviving and recovering. She wanted people to learn from her story and become pro-active about their own health. The idea for CoppaFeel! was born.
Hear Kris’ story in her own words as she talks to the MAKERS, an online platform telling the stories of trailblazing women.
In 2014 BBC Three aired this documentary about Kris balancing living with cancer, running a charity and life in her twenties. You can watch the trailer here, or click the link above to request to watch the documentary in full.