Donna Ballantyne, 39, and mother of three children, loved sunbeds and used them regularly since her teenage years. It was a craze among her peers those days, and she remembered how they would do anything to sport a tan.
She was accustomed to using a coin-operated machine which was fairly simple but one that came without any warning about the dangers of using sunbeds.
Little did she know that she was actually digging her own grave. The past decade was quite a nightmare for Donna, battling 19 tumours and undergoing intensive chemotherapy. Doctors had already informed her that she will not live long as she suffered one of the worst forms of skin cancer- melanoma.
As expected, Donna breathed her last. The regret she bore till her death was her ignorance about the risks of using sunbeds and the danger of skin cancer- something she promised to tell the world about and raise awareness till her last breath.
She was so sure that had she been warned about the risks of sunbeds, she would have lived and her children would not be as bereft as they are today.