Start off by watching the video above!
But first and foremost, I'd like to clarify that:
♠ This fundraiser is not for travel expenses - my trip is entirely self-funded and already paid for.
♠ ALL money raised on this page will go directly to Club de la Mama INEN Neoplásicas in Peru.
♠ If you'd like to make a donation without Instagram access, you’re more than welcome to do so.
.: MAIDEN FOR MAIDENS :.
To cut a long story short...
My life has been profoundly affected by breast cancer. I've lost my mother, aunt, and grandmother to the disease and have myself tested positive for the genetic mutation BRCA-1, leaving me at a significantly heightened risk. Fortunately for me, I live in a country that offers radical measures to prevent the very likely chance of developing breast cancer — a preventative double mastectomy — which I will be having in the not-so-distant future.
Given my impending surgical procedure, I have embarked on a kind-of "last hurrah" where I do certain things with my breasts for the last time before they are permanently removed. This is where Iron Maiden comes in.
After seeing Iron Maiden, my favourite band, on the 'Legacy of the Beast' tour in 2018, the show was so bloody spectacular I needed to see it again. And again. Before I knew it, I ended up with twenty-four concert tickets booked across the USA and Canada as well as many months of anticipation and planning ahead of me. I knew this would be the last time my boobs and I would see Iron Maiden together, so I wanted to do it properly.
After friends got over their initial shock, many suggested I set up a travel blog so they could follow this two-month spectacle. Whilst I thought that was a great idea, I also wanted to do something more worthwhile – that’s when I recalled my lament of the many women in the world who don't have access to preventative medical treatment.
So, I decided to create this fundraiser for women in Peru — a country I hold very dear to my heart. I've been fortunate enough to travel to Peru on four occasions and each time my love and bond with the country and its people has grown more deep-rooted. In Peru, breast cancer incidences are on the rise and the standard tools for detecting it are rarely available to most women. Sadly, this means that over 75% of Peruvian women who are diagnosed with breast cancer find out after the disease has progressed to stage 3 or beyond — when treatment is more expensive and less effective.
This fundraiser is in collaboration with Club de la Mama INEN Neoplásicas, a volunteer organisation which offers support to Peruvian breast cancer patients such as paying for lodging while they are being treated, social activities, wigs, and other expenses. I am honoured to be cooperating with a non-profit organisation that provides so much help to women in dire straits.
.: THE TOUR :.
24 shows. 22 cities. 15 states. 3 provinces. 2 countries. The LEGACY OF THE BREAST tour is 2 months in duration, from July 17 to September 15, 2019.
On the LEGACY OF THE BREAST tour Instagram page, I'll be posting lots of photos, videos, and updates of me following Iron Maiden across the USA and Canada. There are bound to be other adventures and interesting things along the way since I'm a big fan of nature, food, history... and graveyards. I'm also thinking about other ways to incentivise donations to this page such as making me do dares, hosting raffles, and so on.
.: INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSTAGRAM ACCESS :.
➤ Make a donation to this page. It can be either public or anonymous/private;
➤ While making the donation, leave a comment with your Instagram profile name so I know who you are.
➤ Go to the Instagram page and request to follow. I'll be checking daily and accepting as I go along;
➤ Up the Irons!
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY BATTLING (any) CANCER AND WOULD LIKE TO FOLLOW THE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT, PLEASE CONTACT ME AND I WILL ADD YOU.
- FU F
- Melvin M
- Ars Umbra
#1 fundraising platform
More people start fundraisers on GoFundMe than on any other platform. Learn more
In the rare case something isn’t right, we will work with you to determine if misuse occurred. Learn more
Expert advice, 24/7
Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more