A GRANDMOTHER who survived breast cancer has organised a fundraiser to help other sufferers beat the disease.
Carol Foster, 65, decided to stage this weekend’s event at Colne Valley Leisure Centre in Slaithwaite after receiving life-saving treatment earlier this year.
Carol, from Scapegoat Hill, was diagnosed with breast cancer in April this year.
She regularly checked her breasts, but it was not until she attended a routine mammogram that a lump was found by her GP.
Carol said: “I had gone for the check up, which I always attend every three years, but this time I was told to go back as my doctor had found something in my right breast.
“I was sent for more tests at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. I had some biopsies taken and the doctor confirmed that I had breast cancer.
“The lump was about an inch-and-a-half in size and right at the front of my breast but in a place where I had not been able to feel it myself.”
Just days after being given the terrible news Carol, who with her partner Brian Plant has six grandchildren, was scheduled in for surgery at Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax.
She said: “My family were all worried about me, but I’m a very positive person and just thought right let’s get this cancer out and dealt with.
“I went in for surgery very quickly and I asked for my whole breast to be removed rather than have a lumpectomy.
“But I was very lucky. There was no cancer in my lymph nodes and I didn’t have to have chemotherapy.”
Two weeks after her operation Carol was given the good news that it had been successful.
She has decided not to have reconstructive surgery but is grateful for the help and support given to her by staff at both hospitals.
And despite being treated just 10 weeks ago, positive Carol is back on her feet and wanting to show her appreciation by helping others facing cancer.
This Saturday she is holding a fundraiser at her local sports centre where she has recently returned to her fitness classes.
The event, which starts at 11am, will feature a variety of stalls, tombola and a raffle.
Friends, family and local businesses have rallied round to support the event by donating goods.
Cash raised will be split between a breast cancer charity and the hospitals.
Carol said: “Everyone was so brilliant with me that I wanted to raise some money to give something back.
“I was really impressed with the NHS and wanted to do something for them as well as helping others like me.
“I’m hoping lots of people will come and support the event as every pound makes a difference.
“Everyone has said I’ve done really well to do all this, but then I am a very determined person!”