We’ve been getting the message of early detection out, that’s been key

Karen Mullan, Pink Ladies.
Karen Mullan, Pink Ladies.

Founding member of the Pink Ladies Karen Mullan says that while the past ten years supporting women in the city who are battling cancer have seen many changes, she hopes that in the next ten they will finally see a cure for cancer.

From an information session held back in May 2005 in which 23 women turned up, the Pink Ladies have grown to become a formidable force operating now in small groups across community centres in the North West.

“We decided to form the group because there were a lot of women in the Bogside and Brandywell being diagnosed with cancer,” said Karen.

“People were coming forward and asking if there was anything there for them.”

The group held an initial information evening, but it quickly developed into a support group that met monthly.”

Karen said that the Pink Ladies have been instrumental in raising awareness particularly in early detection.

“You know your own body,” she said.

“Any changes, get it checked straight away. We have been getting that message out.”

She also said that one of the greatest achievements of the Pink Ladies in the past decade was the work done in lobbying to save the threatened radiotherapy unit.

“The Pink Ladies ran a high profile campaign to save the unit,” she said.

“Part of that was meeting Peter Robinson and telling him that there was a commitment to deliver on the centre.”

Karen said she would encourage anyone who wants to join the Pink Ladies to come forward.

“People can contact us on our facebook page where there is a lot of information and we have a new website which we will be launching at the end of the month.

You can also contact the office at Hillcrest House on 71347515 or email us at pinkladiesderry@hotmail.co.uk