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London mom, 40, who died of breast cancer leaves heartwarming legacy for three children

A London mother who tragically died of breast cancer at the age of 40 has left a heartwarming legacy of love and inspiration for her three children.

While battling cancer, Danielle Leslie managed to raise £ 800,000 for charity and also created wonderful treasure chests for her sons, Ben, 23, and Joe, 20, and daughter Amy, 17. years.

The inside of each beautiful box was filled with cards and letters written for the special occasions she would never share.

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Her gifts to Amy included a tiara for her wedding day, a baby bracelet when she becomes a mom, and even learning plaques for her driving test. reports the MirrorOnline.

The A-level student says, “The thought and love in these boxes of cards, all handwritten and personal to me and my brothers while going through grueling treatment and facing the end – that says it all. what you need to know about mom. “

Ben, Amy and Joe

The treasures inspired Amy, her brothers and their father Spencer to complete what Danielle had started with her charity Future Dreams – to open a support center for people with breast cancer.

Almost £ 8million has now been raised – of which £ 3million has been spent on cancer research – and in October he completed Danielle’s mission, opening Future Dreams House in Kings Cross, in central London.

Dance studio director Danielle and Amy’s grandmother Sylvie Henry started the association in 2008, with just £ 100 behind them.

Sylvie learned she had terminal lung cancer in 2005, and Danielle was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007.

They hosted two West End events, backed by big names like Cat Deeley, Patrick Kielty, Denise Van Outen and Tamzin Outhwaite of the EastEnders.

Amy says, “When mum and mum, my grandmother, both passed away within a year of each other in 2009, it made a huge dent in our lives, but they left their charity for us. may continue. They wanted no woman to go through cancer alone. It has been a total privilege to run this campaign.

Amy with the keepsake box her mom made for her

Amy was only six when her mother passed away and remembers the house not being the fun place it used to be. She says of her mother: “As I put together the incredible woman she was, the sadder I became that she had been taken from us.

“The cards and the letters, the little reminders of her, it was so terribly sad, but also so beautiful to run my fingers over her handwriting, to feel where she had been. Dad never gave up, he always did his best to put us and charity before him.

Amy started helping Future Dreams at the age of 13 and said, “That’s when I really connected with mom, I think.”

The Future Dreams hub is touted as the only breast cancer specialist support center with virtual and in-person support in the UK. It offers life coaching, financial counseling, exercise and healthy eating advice, acupuncture, yoga, post-surgical bra fitting service, to name a few- a few.

At the start of the pandemic, he launched a nationwide campaign to support patients, sending more than 6,000 care packages, donating more than 1,000 post-operative bras, displaying free scarves and providing hundreds of meals for NHS Staff.

She also conducts awareness campaigns urging all women to regularly check their breasts.

Her mother’s Amy’s GCSE card

Additionally, she offers classes on her body confidence and has produced a podcast – And Then Came Breast Cancer – with BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire, who underwent a mastectomy and eight months of chemotherapy and radiation therapy following her diagnosis of breast cancer in 2015.

Amy says, “Mum and Mum had so much going on they wanted to happen – if they could see what the charity has become she would be so proud. Not in a million years did we think we would get this far.

In 2018, on the occasion of the association’s 10th anniversary, Amy gave a speech to over 2,000 people at the London Palladium.

She said, “Sure, I was nervous, but wearing mom’s favorite pink shoes, I never had the slightest doubt about talking about the association.”

Amy’s father, property developer Spencer, 55, of Mill Hill, north London, said: ‘We have a vision to continue to grow so that every family in the UK affected by breast cancer benefits. support.

“Like so many charities, the NHS has really felt the financial pressure since the start of the pandemic, and we can save them money, as well as provide a completely holistic range of services and treatment.”

Spencer credits support from Liz Hurley, who cut the ribbon when the center opened, and Estée Lauder, who donated £ 500,000 to the project.

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He says: “The new center just wouldn’t have happened without them.

He adds: “Liz Hurley is not only Estée Lauder’s ambassador, she has been there with us since day one.

It is hoped that Future Dreams House will support up to 10,000 women per year and their families.

Helen Morgan, 43, breast cancer survivor and Future Dreams Ambassador, said: “When you are in treatment there is no one to show you how to wash your hair and when you are undergoing chemotherapy how to prevent the skin to come off with the fingertips. , how you still eat when your mouth is full of ulcers and you can barely speak. During the treatment I found it very difficult and I felt really lonely.

Explaining the name of the charity, Amy says, “This is from Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote:” The future belongs to those who have the beauty of their dreams. “

“And that’s exactly what we’re doing, turning mom’s dream into a beautiful reality.”

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