A 24-year-old battling breast cancer backs Rainbows

A 24-year-old from Leicestershire who is battling breast cancer with a smile is raising money for the charities which are close to her heart.

Alice Greaves, of Old Dalby, said her world fell apart and shattered into a million pieces when she was told she had cancer in February.

But Alice is determined to fight the disease and is determined to raise as much as she can for Rainbows, Hope Against Cancer and Nottingham Breast Cancer Research Centre.

“My first thoughts were, I’m 24, why me? What have I done?” said Alice. “But hey ho, here we are and the fight is on. As all my friends and family know I will not be sitting around feeling sorry for myself, okay maybe some days, but I will do everything and anything to fight this.

“I am already overwhelmed with the support behind me, it certainly will make this journey easier”

In April, Alice took on Cancer Research UK’s Pretty Muddy 5k with the intention of raising £500. Alice smashed her target and raised an incredible £24,000.

After that, along with her manager at Snowden Healthcare in Nottingham, Alice had t-shirts made to sell. The profit of the t-shirts, which is currently £6,500, will be split between her three chosen charities.

Alice also plans to stage a quiz night and a ball. “These are three amazing local charities and I can’t wait to support them,” said Alice who has created an Instagram account to raise further awareness.

“When you are diagnosed with cancer, it feels like a death sentence but it hasn’t been anywhere near as bad as I have expected. As horrific as it is, I feel a positive mind-set really helps.

“Lots of people have got in touch with me through Instagram. People who are following my journey, people who are going through the same. It helps me and if I can help others, it gives me a focus.”

Alice is currently having chemotherapy and she has been told that the tumour is shrinking.
“It has all been very scary; it is not ideal and it is not something I thought I would be going through but it really isn’t as bad as I thought it would be,” Alice added. “I am so proud of how well my fundraising is going and I hope people continue to support me.”

Gary Farnfield, Rainbows Community Fundraiser, added: “Alice is going through a very difficult time but is so focused on helping others and we hope that people will support her in her fundraising. She is truly inspirational.”

To support Alice, visit her Instagram page @ifanyonecanalicecan or visit https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/if-anyone-can-alice-can-fundraising?