When we entered the new year, it is safe to say that our plans for 2020 were very different to how they look and how we are all living our lives today. COVID-19 has challenged us all, for many life will never be the same. For Against Breast Cancer, the pandemic forced us to adapt and change many aspects of both our research and our fundraising.
Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention, so at the start of the lockdown, as one by one events large and small got postponed or cancelled, we chose to adopt a supportive, positive approach to encourage all of those supporters who were determined to continue with their fundraising and support of a future free from breast cancer.
Virtual events became the norm and events that we had never previously considered began to generate vital funds for research into secondary spread. The creativity we have witnessed in such difficult circumstances has been amazing.
Whether you held a virtual #BreastTeaEver or cycled 26 miles as part of the #TwoPointSixChallenge, collaborated with us to provide live streamed #PlayitPink fitness & dance classes or continued to sponsor us as our own events turned virtual. Many of you had a spring clean, turning unworn or unwanted clothes and ill-fitting bras into donations. Thank you.
Those who had the motivation to keep training, inspired others by sharing stories on our @ABCSportsHub. It has been a privilege to see a community come together in support of one another in such trying circumstances. We cannot thank you enough for continuing to support us throughout these tough times.
Over time Against Breast Cancer’s supporters have enabled Professor Max Crispin to build and develop a world class research team at the University of Southampton. In recognition of their unique knowledge and skills, they have been helping to pave the way for the development of a vaccine against COVID-19.
We look forward to sharing with you soon news of how our research teams are returning to work on their projects and the plans they have been making to minimise the impact the Coronavirus has had on their vital research into secondary spread, the main cause of breast cancer related deaths.
This would not have been possible without your incredible support. You inspire us every day, so again from everyone at Against Breast Cancer… Thank you.