Show­ing their sup­port

Paint it pur­ple – res­i­dents of SwanCare in Bent­ley Park painted 200 bras pur­ple as a sym­bol of hope in the fight against breast can­cer.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Community News -

UN­TIL she was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer last year, Glenice San­ders never thought it would hap­pen to her.

“I was shocked,” Mrs San­ders said.

“No­body in the fam­ily has ever had can­cer and I have three daugh­ters so yes, I was gen­uinely shocked.”

The Bent­ley res­i­dent has al­ways helped other peo­ple, but when she heard the news she quickly found her­self re­ly­ing on oth­ers.

“When peo­ple wanted to help me I found that very hard but had to ac­cept it,” she said.

Af­ter un­der­go­ing ex­ten­sive ra­dio­ther­apy treat­ment, Mrs San­ders was re­lieved to hear she had fi­nally beaten the dis­ease.

The re­tiree is one of the “bo­som bud­dies’ at SwanCare’s Bent­ley Park res­i­den­tial care fa­cil­ity who are par­tic­i­pat­ing in Pur­ple Bra Day fundrais­ing for breast can­cer re­search.

One in eight women will be di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer dur­ing their life­time.

In sup­port of other women, Mrs San­ders and her friends de­cided to dye 200 bras pur­ple to sym­bol­ise the hope of women with the dis­ease and as a way of say­ing thank you to sup­port groups.

“I can't thank Breast­Care WA enough for all of their sup­port dur­ing the time I was un- der­go­ing treat­ment, the breast can­cer nurses helped me enor­mously and I’m for­ever grate­ful,” she said.

“The or­gan­i­sa­tion touches the lives of so many peo­ple living with breast can­cer and they do a won­der­ful job; this is a way of say­ing thank you by get­ting the SwanCare com­mu­nity in­volved in this re­ally great cause,” she said.

In ad­di­tion to the bizarre bra dis­play, a 1930s fash­ion pa­rade has been or­gan­ised as well as an af­ter­noon tea.

Pur­ple Bra Day is on June 19 and is the ma­jor fundrais­ing event for Breast­Care WA.

For more on the SwanCare event, call 6250 0010.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Swan Care Vil­lage res­i­dents Glenice

Saun­ders and Kath­leen Hud­son with CEO Gra­ham

Fran­cis.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d438393

Glenice San­ders, Swan Care chief Gra­ham Fran­cis and Kath­leen Hud­son.

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