When she was advised she had breast most cancers, former mannequin and wonder centre boss Roz Tranfield embraced her prognosis as she does all the things else in her life, with a constructive angle and a doubt-defying willpower.
So it’s hardly shocking that when she determined to lift £25,000 for Clatterbridge Most cancers Charity, she reached her goal – after which some!
“I didn’t have time to wallow,” she smiles.
Seven years after she was first given her information Roz, from New Brighton, has raised £134,000 for Clatterbridge and, with a brand new goal of £250,000, she has no indicators of ever stopping.
“I’ll cease after I die,” she vows. “I had unbelievable therapy from Clatterbridge, they’re saving lives, and I owe it to them to offer one thing again.
“They want cash for analysis in order that sooner or later others received’t need to undergo what I and so many different individuals have.”
And she or he provides: “Elevating that cash offers hope and a spotlight for individuals who have been recognized with most cancers, and that’s the satisfaction for me, and why I’ll carry on doing it.”
It was in October 2014 that Roz was advised she had breast most cancers and wanted a full mastectomy the next month.
Whereas many, understandably, would possibly crumble beneath the load of such information, Roz had different concepts.
Three weeks after her operation and earlier than she began chemotherapy, with then fiancé and now husband, Paddy, she dyed her hair pink and took half in a photo-shoot to lift consciousness.
“It was New 12 months’s Eve. We walked in to Clatterbridge with shiny pink hair and massive smiles on our faces. What else do you do?” she asks.
Roz, 63, who has been a shining gentle for fund-raising and as a mentor to fellow most cancers sufferers explains: “After I bought my prognosis I used to be nonetheless working – and nonetheless am – and simply because I had most cancers it didn’t happen to me to cease.
“I didn’t inform everyone, however phrase bought spherical about my sickness. I had one shopper who mentioned: ‘I’m not being humorous, however in the event you die by subsequent 12 months, who will tattoo my eyebrows?’ I mentioned ‘don’t fear I’ll prepare another person and be sure you’re okay’.
“Inside weeks of being recognized, as a result of I used to be constructive, and I used to be working by way of all the things and never crying, individuals requested me to talk to others in the identical scenario who weren’t coping as effectively.
“And that’s the way it began.
“Even earlier than I had my mastectomy, I had about half a dozen individuals who I met up with and was speaking to, and who I used to be giving confidence to. I began mentoring fellow most cancers sufferers and I’m nonetheless doing it now.”
However that wasn’t all Roz, who had three months of chemo and 6 months of Herceptin hormone therapy, determined to do.
“I realised that every one these individuals with most cancers wanted a spotlight, and I questioned what I may do to offer them one thing else to focus on, and look ahead to,” provides Roz who, in addition to travelling throughout Europe as a younger trend and photographic mannequin, as soon as had her personal modelling and ending faculty within the metropolis.
“And I requested them in the event that they fancied participating in a trend present. I mentioned it might give them the possibility to strut their stuff and present the world that, simply because you have got had a most cancers prognosis, your life doesn’t need to cease.”
The style present turned a hit and an annual spectacular – except 2019 and 2020 because of Covid – which is able to come again round Might subsequent 12 months, together with different occasions.
And Roz (who has additionally written a e-book to lift cash for Alzheimer’s charities in reminiscence of her mum and acquired awards together with Merseyside Girl of the 12 months) has additionally taken on different feats to lift cash for Clatterbridge, together with a wing stroll, a sponsored 100K bike experience – itself tougher because of a lifelong situation Roz has which causes excessive fatigue – and, to prime all of it, climbing Kilimanjaro.
“I’m an incredible believer that in the event you suppose positively, constructive issues occur,” says Roz. “If you’re down within the dumps and also you permit your self to wallow in it, it makes you in poor health.
“I’ve all the time had a enterprise to run, I had women who labored for me, and I had a duty to them. It’s in my character to be sturdy.
“Though I realise everyone seems to be completely different.
“And that’s why being there for different individuals hopefully helps them and me, whereas elevating funds helps Clatterbridge and lots of different individuals sooner or later.
“I can’t hand over now.
“It’s laborious work. Promoting 500 tickets for the style present is the toughest factor nevertheless it’s unbelievable to lift cash and to see the boldness and pleasure on the faces of these with most cancers participating, in addition to the motivation of those that could also be within the viewers.
“I can’t say it makes me proud to have raised a lot cash and do what I’ve, I don’t suppose like that. I get pleasure from doing it and that helps me.
“And I really like that folks get up to the truth that there’s extra to life than most cancers and that they, in flip, can assist another person.”