Janine Brook, a part-time Travel and Tourism lecturer at Central College Nottingham, has been battling breast cancer since 2010, when at just 32 her world as she knew it changed in a direction she had little control over. Unfortunately the following year Janine went on to be diagnosed with incurable secondary breast cancer. Since her diagnosis she has put a lot of time and effort into raising awareness of breast cancer and supporting Breast Cancer Care to help others. On 2 November she graced the catwalk in London as a model in the charity’s annual fundraising show and also gave a speech to a huge crowd of over 800. The afternoon show was hosted by Vanessa Feltz and the evening by Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes. The event was attended by numerous other celebrities who were reduced to tears after Janine gave her extremely moving speech which told her story. In both shows the whole audience gave Janine a standing ovation which had never been witnessed before in the Show’s 20 year history.
At the event the FA donated a very special auction prize which gave the chance for a young person to be a mascot at the England vs Scotland game at Wembley Stadium on Friday 11 November. The winner of the prize was so moved by Janine’s speech that they donated it to Janine and her family. Janine’s oldest daughter, 10-year-old Sophia, walked out with and sang the national anthem alongside Raheem Sterling the match.
Speaking about her decision to continue working, Janine said:
I love my job and want to carry on working; it’s really good for me to do so as it gives me a sense of normality. It’s fabulous to have such an understanding employer that has been supporting me every step of the way.Janine Brook - Part-time Travel and Tourism lecturer
Janine surpassed her fundraising target for Breast Cancer Care but sadly now has to raise funds for herself as there will soon come a point at which to her options on the NHS are limited. Instead of just asking people for donations to help her stay alive she has set up a campaign called ‘Boobie Date’. The aim of this is to encourage all men and women to book their breasts/chest in for a ‘Boobie Date’ every month to look for the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. With an early diagnosis, the prognosis for breast cancer is greatly improved. You can find out more about her story including recent interviews with The Nottingham Post and BBC Radio Nottingham: www.boobiedate.org.uk and on her Facebook Page (Boobiedate). If you would like to donate to Janine’s treatment you can do so via the donate section of her website.
Ann Reddington, Curriculum Manager for Travel and Tourism at Central said:
Janine transcends description – she is a role model for us all and her achievements have left us speechless at times particularly now as she continues with her visionary campaign to maximise the chances of others to spot breast cancer quickly – we are so proud to have her as part of our team.Ann Reddington - Curriculum Manager for Travel and Tourism
You can find out more about the charity that has supported Janine from day one of her diagnosis here: www.breastcancercare.org.uk