When Michelle McLaren joined the Pink Ladies as project coordinator she had already battled breast cancer once.
But having gone back to school to do a degree in community development Michelle began looking for a work placement.
“My friend Kathleen Bradley told me to join the Pink Ladies,” she said. “So I came in on a placement. I stayed on helping with activities and coffee mornings.”
Michelle was appointed project coordinator, a post that was funded by the DSD.
But Michelle has since had to battle cancer again requiring chemotherapy, surgery and now five years of treatment.
“I’m now in recovery and having physio,” she said.
“The Pink Ladies have been such a great support. That’s the thing about the group, they look after you making sure you have nothing to worry about.
“Lifelong friendships have been built here. Everyone has a bit of craic and admire each other. And it’s really lovely to see new people joining.
“It’s a great group to come along to. Even to have someone to chat to.
“When you have cancer sometimes you can feel lonely and you don’t want to turn to family. Someone is always here.”
And the next ten years?
“We just to get bigger and better,” said Michelle.