CoppaFeel! was set up by Kristin Hallenga in 2009. At 22 Kristin was told she was “too young to get breast cancer”. This meant that her cancer was diagnosed late and could only be treated, never cured. Kristin lives with secondary breast cancer and runs the charity fulltime.
Saving lives and having fun
Our mission is to make sure all breast cancers are diagnosed at the earliest stage possible. Making treatments more effective and survival rates higher. The sooner we educate young people about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, the sooner they’ll be able to spot when something’s not right and be confident in seeking treatment. Early.
We want to teach every young person in the UK that knowing their boobs could save their life one day. And that it can be fun.
How? We develop attention-grabbing campaigns that bring boob chat to the forefront of young people’s attention. Then we take our message to places where they hang out. Places like festivals and universities. Our Boobettes also hit the streets, schools and workplaces to share their experiences of having breast cancer and the importance of early detection. And our events are always inspiring too.
We’re a friendly reminder to check your boobs; often when you’d least expect it. With awareness and, more importantly, action at the heart of everything we do. You won’t find us shaking a bucket on the street. But we will be there asking you when you last copped a feel and signing you up for free text reminders. So there are no excuses.
For more information about CoppaFeel! please visit coppafeel.org