A heartfelt thanks from one friend to another

Rose Award - Michelle Born, left, receives the Rose Award from Sarah Taylor and her son Zachary, two.'Photo: MSMP020915-001js
Rose Award - Michelle Born, left, receives the Rose Award from Sarah Taylor and her son Zachary, two.'Photo: MSMP020915-001js
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A woman who battled breast cancer has paid a heartfelt thanks to her best friend for all of her love and support through the good times and bad, by presenting her with The Local’s Rose Award.

Sarah Taylor, 31, from Burchnall Gardens in Bourne, nominated her friend Michelle Born for the Rose Award following her support during a difficult year - after Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer.

A mum, to two-year-old Zachary, Sarah has spent the last year battling the disease, having to come to terms with loosing her hair, endless chemotherapy treatment and then having to undergo a double mastectomy in May this year.

Sarah said: “It’s been a really hard time, Zachary was only one-year-old when I was first diagnosed. I had my lymph node removed in February, but after that doctors found out that I was BRCA 1 (a harmful mutation in either one of the two breast cancer genes), which resulted in having a double mastectomy.

“Michelle totally deserves this award, she’s been such a good friend to me whilst I’ve been in hospital and great support for my husband Mike and Zachary. At a time when I was really low, she would perk me up and give me a boost of energy.”

Michelle, 31, lives round the corner from Sarah, in Elsea Park, and the pair have been good friends ever since meeting at secondary school. She said: “When Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer, it made me realise how important it was that we try and make a difference.”

From that day forward Michelle has hosted a number of fundraising events to help raise funds for Cancer Research UK, along with Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of her Aunt Deb who died in June from ovarian cancer.

So far, Michelle has raised more than £6,000 for the cancer charities, thanks to the generous support from the community, family and friends.

Alongside the events, Michelle has been donning her running shoes to raise even more funds. This month she will take part in a 10k race through the streets of London called ‘Run to the Beat’.

Michelle hopes to continue fundraising, with plans to host a big event early next year. She said: “The support we have received at all of the events has been amazing.”

Sarah was delighted to present Michelle with her Rose Award on Wednesday night, surprising her after work.

Sarah said: “She surprised me with tickets to see Ed Sheeran at Wembley - so I thought I’d surprise her with this award.”

Thanks to Stephanies Flowers in Crown Walk, Bourne for providing the Rose Award.