FITNESS trainer Vicky Martin has made it her New Year resolution to raise £10,000 in 2014 to tackle breast cancer.
After beating the disease for the third time Vicky, 38, is passionate about raising its awareness among younger women.
She is being backed by members of her fitness class the Love Life Ladies’ Bootcamp to raise funds for the breast cancer charity Coppafeel.
After first being diagnosed at 31 and then again at 34 and completing chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy in 2013, Vicky plans a series of events over the next 12 months.
The Love Life Ladies’ Bootcamp team will take part in the Milton Keynes Marathon, the Race for Life and the Stroud Half Marathon to help raise money.
They will host their own fun fitness events Burpees for Boobies and It’s Your Knockers, both aimed at educating people, raising awareness and collecting funds.
In addition, Vicky hopes to complete the extreme Ironman Triathlon in 2015.
The charity Coppafeel was founded in October 2009 by Kristin Hallenga, who was misdiagnosed twice with breast cancer at the age of 23 and now lives with secondary breast cancer.
The charity’s mission is to stamp out late detection and misdiagnosis of breast cancer by ensuring that people know the signs and symptoms.
It wants women to be more aware about how to check their breasts and have the confidence to seek medical referral when they detect abnormalities. Coppafeel particularly aims to educate 18 to 30-year-old women in breast awareness.
Love Life Ladies’ Bootcamp which has helped Stroud women lose weight, get fit and gain confidence.
Vicky also teaches classes at the town’s Stratford Park Leisure Centre and has a growing interest in how exercise can help people going through cancer treatment.
she said: “While I feel extremely lucky to be alive, my late diagnosis and treatment have had life-changing consequences for me.
“Treatment for breast cancer is traumatic for all women but has particular implications for younger pre-menopausal women.
“The sooner they are diagnosed, often the less treatment is needed and therefore the less impact it has on their life in the short and long-term.”
Vicky added: “Over the past year I have heard of so many cases of younger women being diagnosed at later stages making their treatment severe or in some cases palliative.”
To get involved, contact Vicky via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07796 265578. Donate at justgiving .com/Vicky-Martin2.