FRIENDS of a mother-of-two struck down by breast cancer have been inspired to bare their make-up-free faces for charity.
Lisa Roberts, 37, was diagnosed with cancer 14 months ago after noticing an indentation in her breast that she assumed was due to an ill fitting bra.
Within days, the young mum from Oswaldtwistle was diagnosed with breast cancer and given the devastating news she also had three tumours on her spine and that the cancer would be incurable.
Despite her battle, Lisa plans to take part in the Race for Life in June and dozens of people have been sponsoring her by uploading their ‘no-make up selfie’ pictures to social media.
She said: “I had about £90 donated in one day and it’s still coming!
“Some of it has come from people who have sponsored me already and they have added an extra bit on top when they uploaded their ‘selfie’.
“The response to this campaign has been amazing and it’s been brilliant to see.”
Lisa, of Banbury Avenue, said that although her cancer is incurable, doctors have not said it is terminal and she is hopeful that with treatment, she will live to see her children grow up.
She has already had chemotherapy, a mastectomy and will be undergoing more treatment next month.
Over the past few days, Cancer Research UK has been inundated with donations after a campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer urged women to go fresh faced in front of the camera.
The ‘no make-up selfie’ campaign encouraged women to make a text donation to Cancer Research and photograph themselves without any trace of make-up.
Soon enough, the campaign became a fully-fledged movement with thousands of women taking part.
Since her diagnosis, Lisa has been campaigning to raise awareness of breast cancer, fundraising for cancer charities and making sure her friends ‘check, check, check’ for lumps and changes to their breasts.
Dozens of people raised thousands towards the Lisa’s Kick Cancer campaign in the first few months after she was diagnosed.
And she praised the no make-up selfie campaign, saying: “I know lots of people who have donated to cancer charities as part of this project and as a sufferer, I just think that anything that gets people talking and checking is always a good thing.”