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Truth Be Told exhibition launches in Newcastle to shine a light on secondary breast cancer

29th April 2024 by Clare Cox


We were thrilled to launch our 'Truth Be Told' photographic exhibition roadshow last week, with Newcastle paving the way for more dates in other locations. 

Held at Newcastle Arts Centre on April 26 and 27, with a special preview on the evening of April 25, the exhibition showcased the challenges, and the hope and strength, shown by women living with secondary breast cancer through captivating photography originally shot by Jennifer Willis from Northern Ireland.

Secondary breast cancer affects an estimated 61,000 people across the UK with an average of 31 lives lost every day. The exhibition hopes to raise awareness about secondary breast cancer and highlight the support that Make 2nds Count offers.

Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Veronica Dunn, attended the event and expressed her thoughts on this incredibly worthwhile experience: “I understand that we, in Newcastle, have been the first to be able to benefit from this, and I will say it’s a benefit because I think it’s important that everyone hears about secondary breast cancer, and that we all become more educated, more knowledgeable about this disease that affects so many people."



"We are immensely proud to have showcased 'Truth Be Told' in Newcastle, offering a platform for the voices and experiences of those navigating the complexities of secondary breast cancer," said Emma Hall, Executive Director of Make 2nds Count. "This exhibition serves as a testament to the strength and spirit of these remarkable women, encouraging greater awareness and understanding of their lived experience."

Sarah Chapman, a secondary breast cancer patient from Newcastle, who features in the exhibition said: “There are so many people living with stage 4 breast cancer which I feel is pretty much hidden to the public eye. The Truth Be Told campaign highlights the outside of a person and the public face so many put on. It also shows what you don't see, and that is the reality of the illness and anxiety that happens when living with this awful disease.

I'm very proud to have been able to take part in Truth Be Told to help people understand more about this non-curable disease.”

Visitors were encouraged to engage with stories of resilience, courage, and hope through QR codes that accompanied the pictures. 

Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Veronica Dunn, added when joining the Make 2nds Count team: “Having had the opportunity to see the exhibition has proved invaluable. It’s so important to raise awareness now and reach out to as many people as possible, to everyone who might wish to get involved, see the photography, and understand it. It’s brilliant.”

Jo Harvey, another secondary breast cancer patient also featured in the exhibition said : "The Truth Be Told Campaign allowed me to tell my unique story. It highlights the truth: my cancer has been a catalyst for positive change in the direction of my life for which I am truly grateful."