When Becky Measures had a preventive double mastectomy three years ago, she made it her business to help women going through a similar thing. The breakfast show presenter on Peak FM came from a family with a high breast cancer risk. Nine out of twelve women in Becky’s family developed breast cancer, and when she was found to have the defective gene which gave her a 90% risk of developing the disease herself, she decided to take action.
To show Becky just what an extraordinary woman she is, her dream of dancing on stage with a star from Strictly Come Dancing was made a reality after she was put forward by her mum. Her mum, Wendy, runs the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline with Becky’s support.
The surprise was set up when Becky believed that she was interviewing a dance champion for her radio show, who turned out to be John Barrowman, the presenter on TV show Tonight’s The Night, in disguise. She said, “Everyone at the station was in on it. They had installed hidden cameras in the studio and set up this interview with a dance champion. It was a complete shock when he took off his disguise and told me I would be dancing with James Jordan from Strictly Come Dancing.”
Becky’s appearance follows that of Paige Phillips, a former Derby schoolgirl, who danced with singer Alesha Dixon.