CoppaFeel! is a breast cancer awareness charity that aims to educate young people on the importance of checking their boobs and knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
Our mission is to stamp out late detection and misdiagnosis of breast cancer by ensuring that you know what your boobs feel like normally. This way you check your breasts regularly throughout your lifetime and will have the confidence to seek medical advice if you detect any changes to your body.
This huge campaign, which is gaining momentum with its celebrity patrons’ Fearne Cotton and Dermot O’Leary, has a inspirational and touching story behind it. Co-founder Kris was just 23-years-old when she was misdiagnosed by doctors twice on the basis she was ‘too young’ or that the lumps she found in her breasts were just ‘hormonal’.
Eight months down the line after demanding referral to specialists, she discovered that she did actually have breast cancer and by this point it had spread to her spine. Thrown into radiotherapy and chemotherapy immediately, Kris had to say goodbye to not only her dreams of travelling but also her breasts, hair, and living a normal life. Then she realised she didn’t want others to experience what she did. Whilst still attending chemotherapy she turned her shock and anger into pure kick–ass, immediately making it her full–time mission to encourage her friends, her generation, and YOUNG PEOPLE everywhere to keep hold of their wonderful, carefree lives. By encouraging people to get to know their boobs and appreciate the harsh reality that young people at any age (inclduing men) can get breast cancer, campaign CoppaFeel! was born.
It is now the 3rd year of Student Boob Teams, where CoppaFeel! aims to continue strengthening their presence in UK universities and further infiltrate campuses nationwide with the message to regularly check your boobs! We want to remind every 18-30 year old that checking their boobs isn’t only fun but could save their lives,
Manchester Fresher’s Week 2012 has already seen two attention-grabbing giant bosoms bopping around campus promoting the University Boob Team. This will give students the opportunity to get involved in this amazing campaign spreading the boob love throughout the year! The Boob Team will be running various events over the next couple of months including nights out, cake sales, possible flash mobs and a massive dodge ball match playing with boobs instead!
Coppafeel in the Shower
Coppafeel! Boob teams are encouraging students to coppafeel in the shower this term.
This autumn the breast cancer charity is taking the Shower campaign to 36 universities nationwide. Sponsored but very.co.uk, this fun, engaging campaign aims for self-checking to become part of every student’s daily routine. CoppaFeel’s Founder and C.E.O, Kristin Hallenga explains: ‘When’s the best time to check your boobs? Well, in short, any time is good for Boob Time. To keep it simple, we’re reminding students to do it in the shower. No more excuses, you’re already starkers and your boobs need some attention!’
“By educating the young people of today, we can shape the future of breast cancer survival in years to come. Knowledge is power, and this power will save lives. I only wish that someone shared this knowledge with me,” says Kristin Hallenga, Founder of CoppaFeel!
Dedicated student ambassadors known as Uni Boob Team Leaders have been recruited at each of the 36 universities. Their role is to recruit a Boob Team and be a friendly reminder to students on campus of the need to check your breasts regularly, be familiar with what they look and feel like normally.
But most importantly to know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Boob Teams will invite students to sign up to CoppaFeel!’s free SMS reminder service, which sends you a free monthly reminder to check your boobs. It’s easy to join simply text ‘MAN’ to 70500!
Boob Teams will be active all over campus and want you to get involved.
In the words of CoppaFeel! “We have to be clever, we have to be different, we have to be cheeky. And we are.’’
Dodge Ball with a difference:
For regular text reminders:
Text “MAN” to 70500 for a free monthly reminder via text to check your boobs.
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