• Sian

Supporting Scotland's First BRCA Ball

SLE are delighted to announce that Edinburgh will play host to one of the UK’s first fundraising events dedicated to raising awareness of the BRCA Gene and raising funds for Ovarian Cancer Action.

Hosted at the Norton House Hotel on 21st September 2019, The BRCA Ball aims to raise funds to support research into BRCA Mutation, also known as BRCA1 and BRCA2genes, which are tumour suppressor genes.

Women with the faulty BRCA1 gene, for example, have a 60 to 90% lifetime risk of breast cancer and a 40 to 60% risk of ovarian cancer. In other words, out of every 100 women with the faulty BRCA1 gene, between 60 and 90 will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and between 40 and 60 will develop ovarian cancer.

Organised by Paula Macrae and with the help of SLE CEO Sian Downes of Strawberry Lemonade Events, who both with personal experience of BRCA, the ball will be black tie with a three course meal for guests and Montana the Band playing live. 

Speaking on the ball, SLE CEO Sian Downes said, "I am delighted that Strawberry Lemonade Events are able to be part of such a wonderful occasion. Raising awareness of the BRCA gene is essential in the fight against ovarian cancer and I honored that Paula has accepted our help."

In 2012 Paula was diagnosed as having the BRCA 2 gene mutation, inherited from her mother.  Paula’s mum has had both breast and ovarian cancer, which led to a genetic test for the mutation. Sian sadly lost her mum to ovarian cancer in 2018.

Sadly 4,100 Woman lose their lives each year to ovarian cancer due to not knowing or missing the symptoms and more needs to be done in this area.

Please join us to help raise awareness.