Joanne Mackay was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36. She had just given birth to her third child Tully who was only 10 weeks old when Jo first noticed a lump in her left breast. She felt that it was not due to the fact that she was breast feeding, so she followed her intuition and went for an examination. After a series of tests she was diagnosed with grade 3 aggressive breast cancer and was told that she would need a mastectomy and chemotherapy. This all took place in 2001.
Jo then underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy. Whilst undergoing her treatment time was spent talking about the effects breast cancer has on families and friends and what we could do to help.
That is why we have set up the Joanne Mackay Breast Cancer Foundation also know as "Jo's Helping Hand". This foundation aims to assist women and their families regain control of their lives during the treatment of this disease.
Our fund focuses on the fundamental and emotional needs of the patients and their families. We also have taken up the baton of spiritual help as Jo had a very strong Christian faith she believed it was also important to address the spiritual effects this disease had on the women and families involved.
Jo was a vibrant and beautiful woman who had a lot of support from family and friends and felt passionate about helping those women who didn't have the support she had.
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