BBC Radio 4 Appeal

For Rachael | Our ambassador and a champion for medical research

Rachael was a fantastic ambassador for Eve’s work. Passionate about addressing the taboos around cancer and a champion for the need to support medical research. We were very proud to have her present our Radio 4 Charity Appeal.

We were determined that the presenter of our Appeal should really understand the need for medical research and the hope that it offers.

The Appeal was recorded on the 26th June 2018 – in Manchester – because Rachael wasn’t well enough to travel to London. She was struggling with her breathing for the first time that week. She was a total trouper and did a brilliant recording in one take. The next day, she was admitted to hospital and they drained over 2.5 litres of fluid from her lungs.

The Appeal broadcast on the 22nd July – less than 6 weeks before the very sad news of her death.

Like so many who Rachael moved, informed and enlightened with writing and broadcasting, The Eve Appeal are devastated. She was too kind, too clever and definitely too young. We, along with so many others – a particular note of thanks and love to Deborah James and Lauren Mahon who are part of the Big C and Me podcast team and also Eve ambassadors – will carry on talking straight and championing the need for medical research in prevention, early detection and diagnosis.

As Rachael so eloquently put it, she championed research for the ‘me’s’ of the future. Mothers, daughters, sisters and friends.

Lots of love to Steve and Freddie and their loved ones from the whole Eve Appeal team of staff, volunteers, patients, clinicians and researchers – Athena, CEO of The Eve Appeal

Our Appeal was live from Sunday 22nd – 29th July – if you didn’t get the chance to listen to our Appeal live, you can still hear our Appeal on the BBC Radio 4 Appeal website.

Big C. Little Me.

Rachael is a daughter, wife and mother to a two-year-old. She doesn’t look as if she has cancer. She was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in November 2016.

She underwent four and a half months of chemotherapy, which was followed by a lumpectomy (removal of breast lump) in May 2017, and a mastectomy in July 2017. Rachael began with 15 sessions of radiotherapy, which was followed with another 18 weeks of chemotherapy.

Earlier this year she discovered that her cancer was back having spread to her lymph nodes. Sadly for Rachael, her cancer is now metastatic and therefore incurable. Rachael has now begun an immunotherapy trial – which works by harnessing the immune system to destroy cancer cells and taking a new trial drug which is designed to make immunotherapy – usually used for other cancers – more effective in treating breast cancer.

Rachael blogs about her experience and cancer journey through her blog Big C. Little Me.

Rachael Bland with her husband and son

‘I don’t want my daughters to face a future like mine’

Daloni (whose story is being shared) has womb cancer. Womb cancer is the 4th most common cancer in women in the UK yet it is still relatively unknown.

There are around 9,100 new uterine cancer cases in the UK every year, that’s 25 every day – with over 2,300 cancer deaths in the UK every year, that’s around six mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, and friends every day. We feel that’s six too many.

Sadly Daloni’s womb cancer is incurable. She faces an uncertain future. But Daloni is passionate in making a difference, not just for her two young teenage daughters, but for all mothers, daughters, sisters and friends everywhere of today and the future.

As a result, Daloni has recently shared her experience in our comprehensive information guide ‘Understanding Womb Cancer’ which provides key information for women and their families who have been affected by a womb cancer diagnosis.

Daloni and her two young teenage daughters

Funding our life-saving research

The money raised from our Appeal will help to fund pioneering research into early detection, risk-prediction and prevention of women-specific cancers.

It will specifically help to fund our research programme 4C. This aims to develop a test using a normal cervical smear which would be applicable to virtually all women within the general population. It is hoped that this test can reveal a woman’s 5-10 year risk for the development of any one of four cancers: breast, ovarian, cervical and womb. These cancers alone represent 47% of all cancers in women.

The ambition is that by 2020, we will have developed a single risk model; one test for four cancers.

Your support can help save women's lives

We need your help to fund pioneering research into early detection, risk prediction and prevention of all five gynaecological cancers; womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal.

Sadly, awareness of these cancers is low and more often than not, the first time a woman has even heard of one of these cancers is when she’s diagnosed.

That is why your support today could really help save lives and ensure we live in a world where fewer women are diagnosed and more women survive a gynae cancer diagnosis – for the women of today and the mothers, daughters, and sisters of the future.

To donate to our Appeal, and to help us achieve our mission, please click here