A mother from Leeds, who is dealing with stage 4 EGFR-positive lung cancer, is set to participate in an expedition up Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England, on 23 September. More than 40 individuals will join this effort, including eight people who share the same prognosis. The goal of this undertaking is to raise awareness about lung cancer caused by factors other than smoking and to gather funds in support of those affected by this ailment.
Natasha Loveridge, aged 49 and residing in Guiseley, was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2022. Unfortunately, she was informed of the incurable nature of her condition mere weeks after the diagnosis.
From that point onwards, she has dedicated herself to enhancing the comprehension of the EGFR-positive mutation. This mutation is most frequently observed in young women who, like Natasha, have never smoked. Additionally, she aims to generate funds for EGFR Positive UK, a registered charity with a mission to enhance the survival prospects and quality of life for patients across the nation who are afflicted with EGFR-positive lung cancer.
Among the various events she has organised, Natasha, who is married to Matthew and a mother of two teenage daughters, has hosted a 90s-themed disco and a garden party. Furthermore, she has plans for additional activities in the future.
She said; “I am a fit, healthy non-smoker who is desperately trying to raise awareness of the early signs of lung cancer.
“My cancer was caused by a gene mutation – there was nothing I did to cause it, and nothing I could have done to prevent it.
“The fact that nine of us with stage 4 EGFR positive lung cancer will by walking up Scafell Pike together – supported by our friends and family – may well be unprecedented and demonstrates our shared commitment to raising awareness of this disease.
“We are also determined to make the most of every day. Whatever the weather, we believe that Saturday 23 September will be a day like no other.
“I recently became a trustee of EGFR Positive UK, a wonderful charity established by patients and their families and friends, which shares useful information on social media and works with a range of bodies on the status of EGFR mutation-positive lung cancer.
“I hope as many people as possible will support their efforts by visiting my JustGiving page and donating whatever they can.”