Let’s beat breast cancer

Keen netballer says sport gave her focus at a difficult time

FUNDRAISING: Val Thomas is a keen netballer

EVEN BEFORE the first tip-off Val Thomas has insisted that there should be a follow up tournament to the inaugural Netball against Breast Cancer Weekend, which took place this month.

One of the many events up and down the country that will be bringing attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Thomas – a netball development community coach from Birmingham – told Lifestyle that galvanising a group of women to play the wonderful game of netball was a powerful way to get them engaged in conversation around the disease.

“We don’t want to talk about it…” Thomas said of the usual approach.

Thomas said when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, five years after the condition took the life of her mother, the sport she loved helped to give her a semblance of sanity…

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