Mum’s bravery inspires Rebecca to great heights for breast cancer fundraiser

Rebecca Leach, with her mother Lesley, is braving herself to go skydiving to help Breast Cancer Network Australia. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d446277
Rebecca Leach, with her mother Lesley, is braving herself to go skydiving to help Breast Cancer Network Australia. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d446277

IF siblings Rebecca and Daniel Leach can raise $5000 for Breast Cancer Network Australia, they will jump out of an aeroplane.

“I am terrified, but I am going to be brave like my mum and just do it,” Rebecca said.

Almost two years ago, Rebecca and Daniel’s mum Lesley, of Kallaroo, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

She underwent 18 months of treatment, including five operations, 16 rounds of chemotherapy, 18 rounds of Herceptrin (a drug specifically for HER2+ breast cancer), 30 radiation sessions and 121 doctors appointments.

“The impact was significant,” Rebecca said.

“Mum was extremely unwell.

“She had the most aggressive form of breast cancer so the treatment needed to be aggressive because the cancer had already spread from her breast to her lymph nodes in her arm.

“Mum is still undergoing check-ups, but she is cancer free.”

Rebecca said BCNA was the “first organisation to provide us with high-quality information”, including a free My Journey kit to help newly diagnosed people with treatment and care decisions and a My Care kit, which included a post-operative bra and exercise DVD.

“Both these kits and the support provided by BCNA were given at the point of need with mum and the information allowed our family to make informed decisions,” she said.

“We want to make sure these kits and all of the support services provided by BCNA are able to be funded into the future for other families.”

Though Rebecca lives in Yanchep and Daniel lives in Melbourne, they have a goal to raise $2500 each before taking part in Brave for BCNA, where they will do a simultaneous skydive from their respective sides of the country on February 14.

So far, Rebecca has held a sausage sizzle and sold fundraising chocolates, but her main event is a quiz night at Craigie Tavern this Friday.

Starting at 7pm, the quiz is for tables of six at $15 per person.

The night will include raffles, auctions, games and door prizes.

Email BecsBCNA@outlook.com or donate here