On Tuesday 24 April, Newcastle Uni Boob Team held their final large-scale event of the year. Topping off an excellent year of fundraising that has resulted in nearly £2000 being raised and three nominations at the forthcoming Celebrating Success Awards (Best New Society, Best Inter-Society Collaboration, Students for Health). Combining the society’s love of food, glitter and boobs CoppaFeel! sent in Boobette Tracie to hold a Boobette Talk to speak about her experience with Stage 4 breast cancer and why she volunteers with CoppaFeel!
The event had a good-sized crowd with everyone eager to hear about Tracie’s story, and we were all blown away by her bravery and eagerness to share her story and to inform others (guys, gals and non-binary pals) on why they should check their breasts regularly and what signs and symptoms to look out for and the symptoms she spotted in herself before she was diagnosed. Many in the audience learnt a great amount from her story, the different types of breast cancer there are and that 7% of people are diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer – there is no Stage 5.
Hearing this figure represents the great need there is for charities like CoppaFeel! to continue educating and raising awareness to all people, and the important role people like Tracie play in furthering that message through speaking to a wide variety of people in workplaces, schools and universities to make sure everyone is aware of the importance of breast checking and early detection. Also, the role we as Newcastle Uni Boob Team play in facilitating and educating students across the university about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
Although the main focus of the night was focused on hearing about Tracie’s experience with breast cancer, NUBT also teamed up with NU Women’s campaign to collect toiletries to donate to women’s refuges and foodbanks across Newcastle. All event participants rallied together and donated lots of products to help women across the region.
If volunteering for a brilliant charity and working with a great society at Newcastle University sounds interesting to you, please get in touch to find out how you can get involved in Newcastle Uni Boob Team next academic year! Details below.
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