Karen Marsden - our safe-guarding administrator - is back at work after cancer and heading to be a Calendar Girl.
Karen, 48, was diagnosed after she went for a routine check fearing it could be in her genes. Her mum sadly died from stomach cancer in her 30s so when her sister was diagnosed with the condition in May last year she went for her own tests. A biopsy revealed very early cancerous cells, so Karen underwent chemotherapy and surgery to remove her stomach and a year later is back at work.
Now Karen and her sister, who is from Sowerby Bridge and being treated at CHFT, have been selected as models for Cancer Research's 2017 calendar which goes on sale at £10 a time from early October. All funds raised from the sale of the Calendar go towards Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research. The 2016 Calendar raised £20,000 last year and Caroline Stewart, the photographer whose idea it was is hoping to raise £25,000 - £30,000 with the sale of the 2017 Calendar. Karen is taking advanced orders and can be contacted on her works email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen, from Bradford, has worked at the Trust since 1985 and all the models are attending a Diamond Ball for the official launch in Glasgow on October 7. She became involved after spotting an advert in OK magazine she was reading during her treatment appealing for models.
She adds: "For me, my sister saved my life. I am back at work and tired as I can't eat as much as I used to, but I am taking it easy and getting stronger. But this is not about me, this is about selling the calendar and raising money for research because Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that 3 in 4 people will survive cancer within the next 20 years."
**The calendars are ready for collection in early October and will run out fast.