Courageous mum-of-two Shelley Edge was tickled pink after a charity event raised more than £2,000 for a cause very important to her.
She even dyed her hair pink specially for the fundraising evening, organised by St Annes dance teacher Karen Hunter.
Anne Nolan was guest of honour at the pink gala dinner, at Dahlia’s Kitchen in Marton, singing three songs to entertain guests – all there to help Breast Cancer Care.
Shelley, of South Shore, started chemotherapy treatment in February after being diagnosed with breast cancer and was given the news she would have to have a double mastectomy.
She had the operation in July and is recovering well.
She won’t be able to have breast reconstruction for two years, but doctors are hopeful the surgery means there is a very good chance the cancer will not come back.
Shelley and husband Steven – who were The Gazette’s Wedding Bells magazine Couple of the Year in 1994 – were delighted with the fundraising night and how well it went.
It was organised by Karen, who teaches dance to Shelley’s daughters, Abbie, eight and Izzie, seven.
Shelley, 38, used to attend dance lessons with Karen when she was young too.
She said: “It was an amazing night. We raised £2,035 and everybody enjoyed it.
“People were so generous with their time and money and all the support we had from businesses and so on, with raffle prizes. And it was lovely Anne Nolan came along too to support us.
“My daughters performed on the night with other members of the dance school, which was lovely. I felt so proud.
“I dyed my hair pink specially for the night.
“It was 30 years ago when I first met Karen, when I started at her dance school.
“I think it was fantastic Karen organised this event for women like me who are facing the cancer challenge.”
Shelley has seen more than her fair share of challenges in life, she has coped with two miscarriages, an ectopic pregnancy and the tragedy of a stillbirth, before she was diagnosed with cancer.
But her husband, children, family and friends are getting her through, along with optimism and courage.
The veterinary admin assistant said: “I have a husband who loves me and two lovely little girls.
“It was difficult telling them what was happening to their mummy and what had to be done, but you just have to get on with it and be strong.
“I’ve had my bad days when I’ve felt emotional and tearful, but I’m usually cheerful and count my blessings.”
n Today sees the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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