Pink army ral­lies to end cancer

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Me­lanie Keyte me­lanie.keyte@gat­ton­star.com.au

AROUND 50 peo­ple came to­gether last Thurs­day to help fight breast cancer - the same num­ber of peo­ple who, on av­er­age, are di­ag­nosed with breast cancer ev­ery day.

They gath­ered in Gat­ton to en­joy morn­ing tea, give money to fur­ther cancer re­search and share in­for­ma­tion about the dis­ease which has claimed 3114 Aus­tralian lives this year.

Lock­yer Val­ley Breast Cancer Sup­port Group co­or­di­na­tor Jenny Ryan said ev­ery dol­lar raised went di­rectly to­ward help­ing breast cancer suf­fer­ers.

“No con­tri­bu­tion is too small,” she said.

“All cancer needs money to­wards re­search that will lead to a cancer-free world.

“If just one per­son ben­e­fits from our group, I’ll be happy.”

Breast cancer sur­vivor Bar­bara Martin said their aim wasn’t all about the money ei­ther.

“Breast cancer is very much in the pub­lic eye, but as I found out when I was di­ag­nosed, aware­ness of what to do isn’t out there,” she said.

“We’re here to help, even if they don’t know us and we’re open to men and car­ers too.

“We’re not able to give pro­fes­sional health ad­vice but we will point you in the right di­rec­tion.”

Lock­yer Val­ley Mayor Tanya Mil­li­gan spoke briefly at the event and said thanks to women like th­ese two, treat­ment and sup­port pro­grams had vastly im­proved in the last 10 years.

“I think it’s not a mat­ter of if but when we find a cure for cancer, and if, by chance, I don’t see that, it’s good to know fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will,” she said.

The group meets monthly on a Thurs­day. See the com­mu­nity no­tices pages for de­tails.

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