Hosted by Leicester Hospitals Charity and the Breast Care Centre at Leicester’s Hospitals, the walk is in aid of raising funds for the unit and raising awareness of the impact of breast cancer.
As the largest screening and symptomatic centre in East Midlands, the unit has made a commitment to make this year’s walk bigger than the last.
In 2017, over 1000 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed within Leicester’s Hospitals, which highlighted a new need for improvements to areas within the unit.
Amanda Gibby, General Manager for Breast Imaging at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “Being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer will have a huge impact on any patient’s life.
“1 in 8 women nationally are diagnosed with breast cancer which is why we feel it is important to raise awareness and invite patients, friends and relatives to our Butterfly Walk.
“At our dedicated unit we are able to provide care throughout a patient’s journey. The unit is purpose build for our multidisciplinary teams who investigate, diagnose and treat all patients that come through our doors.
“We want to make sure everyone gets involved and raise as much as possible to help make our unit a calmer space for patients, as well as making the whole unit fit for purpose as needs and demands change.
“At the event there will be live bands, stalls, prizes and lots of things for the whole family to do, so we welcome everyone to join us for a great cause.
“Fancy dress is optional, but there will be lots of pinks, fairy wings, and tutus!”
“When I first arrived at the Breast Care Centre, I felt scared. I knew deep down there was something to worry about.
“The team explained everything to me. The nurses were so kind and they really made a difference.
“I saw the same people each time, walking the corridors and speaking to me like a person rather than a patient.
“The support from the Unit has been incredible; they are always at the end of the phone for not only me, but my family and friends.
“The care I have received has made my life worth living, it has given me life. If I hadn’t of had the care from the Unit, I wouldn’t be here. You have two paths to choose to walk down and I chose the path to survive.
“I will be walking with my husband, who has been my absolute rock, on June 9 to celebrate my life and raise the important awareness and money we need to keep on fighting breast cancer.”
Gez Salt was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2013 and has worked for the NHS since 1991. She was treated by the Breast Care Unit in September 2013 and has since been recovering, returning back to her demanding job. Gez said: “The Unit is truly one of a kind. Every member of staff at Glenfield gave me the support and guidance I needed to navigate my way through an extremely worrying time in my life.
“From my initial appointment, right through to my treatment, I was always made aware of everything that was going to happen.
“Even after, I always felt like I could get in touch with someone to talk through my experiences.
“The Butterfly Walk this year is so important to me. I will be walking, armed with my tutu and wings, with everyone else to not only support the Unit, but also say a huge thank you, from the bottom of my heart for the amazing care I received.”
This year’s Butterfly Walk will be happening on Saturday June 9 at Leicester Racecourse.
Registration is from 10:00 with the main walk starting at 12:00.