When Jane’s family found out she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, they felt powerless. Duncan Kirk, Jane’s brother-in-law, says, “Although we couldn’t share the pain and suffering that she was going through, we wanted to do something positive that required genuine effort, commitment and potential pain to ourselves to show solidarity with Jane.”  They decided to form ‘Jane’s Gang’ to complete a host of runs and challenges in support of Breast Cancer Haven and want to get as much public support as possible.

Breast Cancer Haven is a national charity that believes in the strength and individuality of every woman affected by breast cancer. A person, not a patient, who deserves to be in control of her life, her treatment, her cancer journey. They provide a free tailored package of emotional, physical and practical support to every woman that uses their services.

Jane Kirk is a local driving instructor in the York area. As she approached fifty this year, she was called in for her 50-year health MOT where they found two cancerous lumps in her breast and cancer within the lymph nodes. Although it was a scary experience, Jane says “I was lucky I had been called in as I had no signs of being ill and they might not have found the cancer so early otherwise”. She is currently undergoing a schedule of treatment and is doing well.

Duncan and his family have chosen to use this as an opportunity to raise money for Breast Cancer Haven.  Duncan explains, “When we saw what fantastic support Jane was getting from her family and friends, we realised how vital additional support is at such a difficult time.”

The family is split into two spheres – those that train and compete in the events (including children) and those that provide support by offering encouragement, massages for aching limbs, food and drink after events and more. The events range from 5k runs to marathons, in a number of locations from York all the way to Cardiff.

 ‘Jane’s Gang’ has set up an online giving page, https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/duncan-kirk1964 where people can show their support. If you or anyone you know has been affected by breast cancer, please call Breast Cancer Haven Yorkshire on 0113 284 7829 or visit breastcancerhaven.org.uk.