Woman who has “85 per cent chance of getting breast cancer” gears up for Virgin London Marathon

A BUDDING runner from Dunmow has laced up her running shoes to train for the Virgin London Marathon in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign.

Charlotte Pittuck will join thousands of runners on Sunday 22 April after she and many of her family members were tested positive for the BRCA2 gene. Having the BRCA2 gene gives Charlotte an 85 per cent chance of getting breast cancer.

The mother-of-three said: “As I was only 27 when I learnt I had the gene, I had a bit of time to decide what I wanted to do. My sister, nine years my senior who also has the gene, opted for a double mastectomy in 2010 as she decided she was at a very high risk age.

“After much deliberation I have decided that I will have a double mastectomy next year, as when I turn 30 I will be in a higher risk band, based on my family history.”

The 29-year-old now supports Breast Cancer Campaign. “Without research into the BRCA2 gene, I wouldn’t have any knowledge about the gene or be able to make the decisions I am able to make now. That is why I have chosen to run the Virgin London Marathon for Breast Cancer Campaign, so I can raise money to help the charity continue to fund vital research into breast cancer”, she said.

“Running does not come naturally to me, and I can’t exactly say I’m enjoying the training. I know all the hard work will be worth it on the day though and I am looking forward to crossing the finish line.”

She continued: “My fundraising is going quite well so far. Rather than just ask friends and family for sponsorship money, I decided to ask friends to hold events instead.

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“Several friends have held cake sales, which I’ve called ‘Charlotte’s Big Booby Bake’, and other friends and their companies are doing fundraising activities.

“I have been overwhelmed by the support, both financially and emotionally, that people have given me so far – thanks to all of you; you know who you are!” she continued.

To help Charlotte reach her fundraising target of �5,000 please visit justgiving.com/charlottepittuck and donate what you can. You can also follow her progress and updates on her blog via the Breast Cancer Campaign website breastcancercampaign.org/charlottesblog