The Upminster woman who won’t let cancer stop her going to the ball

A mum who has beaten cancer twice and today faces an anxious wait to discover if she faces a fresh battle against the disease, is defying all odds to host a charity bash.

Karen Lane cannot be sure she will not weep when her fundraising party finally takes place on December 17, after being postponed for two years by treatment.

Bizarrely, nobody in the Upminster businesswoman’s family had ever suffered from cancer until she decided to a hold the event in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.

The big day was near when in July 2009 doctors delivered a shock diagnosis of bowel cancer.

“It took a long time for it to sink in and it was horrendous,” Karen said. “I still wanted to hold the ball, but needed surgery and chemotherapy to remove the tumour.”


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A fresh date in November last year was set for the charity ball.

But with the big day only weeks away, Karen was rocked by the news that the cancer had entered her blood and was now in her liver.

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A fresh bout of surgery and gruelling chemotherapy meant the event was put on ice for a second time.

Several viruses picked up in hospital compounded woes for Karen and her family.

“I should not be here after everything that has happened to me. But there was no way I was not coming out of there. I totally think positivity is important,” she insisted.

Following two months in Broomfield Hospital, in Essex, Karen began her third bid to hold the party in July this year.

But unbelievably, tests recently revealed the need for yet more chemotherapy on her lungs.

Now the family are waiting to learn if growths are cancerous.

Results are due just fives days before Christmas day.

Nothing will stop her fundraising party going ahead this time, though.

“It will be going ahead no matter what,” Karen insisted.

“I will go even it means I am pyjamas because I don’t have the energy to get dressed. I am dreading it in a way because I do not know if I will just stand there and cry.

“All my family and friends know how much this means to me.”

Clearview health club, in Warley, is the venue for the event, on December 17. A sell-out 150 tickets have been sold, with �2,000 hoped to be raised for Macmillan.

Donations can be made by contacting Karen at abfabcatering@live.com.

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