Joanne Smith Founder and Chief Executive Expand In 2005, at the age of 34 years old, I was diagnosed with breast cancer – in fact on my daughters 2nd birthday, and my son was only 7 years old. I am only too aware of the impact that a diagnosis of cancer within a family has. No matter who the patient is, all family members are affected. However, it is not all a negative process. Since my diagnosis, I have been overwhelmed by true kindness, loyalty and friendship. I am a great believer in keeping a positive attitude, and in this I am not alone. I have come across so many marvellous people, offering fantastic support and services to cancer patients, and their families, often as a result of their own experiences. I have had many conversations with other patients, their families, and friends where the need for more opportunities for support awareness and social interaction, in a happy friendly atmosphere, with people in similar situations has been highlighted time and time again. This is especially true for those who are young, or have young families. To be able to meet and share common issues and to help each other find support is an essential part of the treatment process. After holding fundraising and support awareness events independently, I have received numerous letters, emails and telephone calls, saying how much people have enjoyed the events, and how useful they have been to them…...and asking for more! As a result of my experiences since my diagnosis I have founded FACT and hold the position of Chair of Trustees.