Cancer survivor raises thousands

Anita Neilson
Anita Neilson

A Bearsden woman who survived breast cancer has raised £3,000 for the cause by staging a musical inspired by Kylie Minogue.

Anita Neilson (50) wrote the musical ‘Your Disco Needs You’, which is based on two women diagnosed with breast cancer and set to the music of Kylie Minogue.

The show was performed at The Mitchell Theatre from October 24 to 26 last year and the money raised will be split between three breast cancer charities, including Breakthrough Breast Cancer which is dedicated to stopping women getting, and dying from, breast cancer.

Anita was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2005, three months after Kylie Minogue, and she received the same course of breast cancer treatment as the global star.

Kylie’s positive attitude really helped Anita deal with her own diagnosis and treatment.

To raise awareness of breast cancer, leaflets were given out at the event and live breast cancer awareness demonstrations on plastic models were held during the intervals, showing the audience how to check for signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

Anita hopes to put on the production again this year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Anita said: “I found writing the musical a very cathartic process and was overwhelmed with how much people loved the performance.

“I remained positive throughout the course of my treatment, and I wanted the musical to promote this optimistic message.

“Everyone knows someone affected by breast cancer so it’s crucial that we continue to support Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s vital research and help save lives.”

While the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer is improving all the time, with more women than ever surviving the disease, Breakthrough Breast Cancer is continually working to stop breast cancer for good.

Niamh O’Shea at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said: “We really appreciate the hard work of all our dedicated supporters and we are overwhelmed by Anita’s amazing commitment to not only raising money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, but also raising awareness of the disease.

“We believe breast cancer can be stopped. And we believe that research holds the key. It is down to the hard work of inspiring supporters like Anita that we can invest in life-saving breast cancer research, and together we are determined to stop breast cancer taking the women we love.”

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