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Caring Amy's a star in pink

PUBLISHED: 14:57 30 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:28 03 July 2010

Susan and Amy Read at home in Southtown. Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and daughter Amy, 15, organised a Wear it Pink day at Cliff Park High School.

Susan and Amy Read at home in Southtown. Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and daughter Amy, 15, organised a Wear it Pink day at Cliff Park High School.

A SELFLESS teenager has shown maturity beyond her years helping her mother to cope with the trauma of breast cancer.

While Susan Read endured months of treatment for the disease 15 year old daughter Amy has provided unswerving support.

A SELFLESS teenager has shown maturity beyond her years helping her mother to cope with the trauma of breast cancer.

While Susan Read endured months of treatment for the disease 15 year old daughter Amy has provided unswerving support.

Her mum's illness inspired Amy to organise a Wear it Pink Day at Cliff Park High School with her friend Laura Lovejoy.

Staff and students all took part in the fundraiser last week collecting more than £800 for the Breast Cancer Campaign.

Now Amy is hoping to arrange another charity day at her mum's local the Lichfield Arms in Southtown.

She said: “Mum thinks it great we organised a Wear it Pink event and is really pleased with how much we have raised.

“One girl wore a tutu, lots of people put on wigs, some even dyed their hair pink and it gave the boys a chance to wear something colourful.”

Amy spent hours icing more than 70 cakes to sell on the day and put posters up around the school advertising the event.

It was the first time pupils at the school had organised at fundraising day, which student leader Faye Denny helped the girls to organise.

Susan said: “Amy said a few months ago she wanted to do something for breast cancer - she has really done me proud.

“She is very mature and confident for her age and has been a great source of support helping around the house.”

“Both Amy and my son Kane have dealt with it so well I could not have got by without them.”

Susan, 40, discovered a lump in her right breast in January, which was diagnosed as cancerous following a biopsy and mammogram.

She had chemotherapy at the James Paget University Hospital for six months and half her breast removed after it was discovered the lymph nodes were infected.

However, the cancer had spread and shortly later Susan underwent a mastectomy to remove the rest of her breast.

Now after radiotherapy treatment Susan is in remission and hoping to be well enough to have breast reconstruction surgery next year.

More immediately she is looking forward to returning to work as retail assistant at the Tesco supermarket in Great Yarmouth.

Susan said: “It has been a tough year for us all and I have had a lot of down days that the children have had to cope with.

“We weren't able go out in the summer like other families, but they told me not to worry and there would be other days when we could have fun.

“I turned 40 in March and was determined that it being ill was not going to tarnish the occasion and had a great night out.

“My mum and dad have been a tremendous support and everyone at the Sandra Chapman Unit has been just fantastic I put my life in their hands and they didn't let me down.”


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