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Making John Proud – raising money for male breast cancer research

Jo Tridgell has raised over £50,000 in memory of her husband, lost to male breast cancer.

John and Jo Tridgell and their daughters

The Tridgell Family (photo: Jo Tridgell)

Jo Tridgell has raised over £50,000 in memory of her husband John. 

John was a young, fit and active man, and a devoted father to his two young daughters. He was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2015 after feeling soreness in his chest. He was treated swiftly at The Royal Marsden but unfortunately his cancer was already advanced. Sadly John died in January 2017. 

Following John’s death, Jo launched a fundraising appeal to raise money for the ICR in his memory. With the support of John’s family, friends and colleagues, who embarked on a range of challenges including a fundraising auction, curry night and desert trekking in the UAE, this campaign went on to raise over £50,000.

Now Jo is running the London Marathon this April to raise even more for our research. She says, “Every time I struggle with my training and want to give up, I think about how hard John fought to stay alive for us. He smiled and stayed positive throughout countless painful tests and unpleasant treatments, and that keeps me going.”

Male breast cancer is very rare compared with female breast cancer – around 350 men are diagnosed each year in the UK.

While undergoing treatment, John took part in several research projects, including the National Male Breast Cancer Study led by the ICR. The study, funded by the charity Breast Cancer Now, is the biggest of its kind in the world and led by the ICR’s Professor Anthony Swerdlow. The researchers are looking at the genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that increase breast cancer risk in men.

By volunteering to be a part of the study, John was helping men in the future who are diagnosed with breast cancer. The funds Jo has raised will allow Professor Swerdlow and his colleagues to do additional analysis work to better understand the condition, which is really important to her.

Jo explained: “I want to raise as much money as possible for the ICR’s research so that we can avoid other families losing their dads, sons, brothers and husbands to this horrible disease.. Hopefully the research will help answer some of our questions about why John became ill too.” 

To make a donation to Jo’s appeal, please visit Jo's JustGiving page.

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