Sur­vivor in­spired to help

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Lisa Thomas

NANETTE Car­nachan is re­minded of her bat­tle with breast can­cer ev­ery day. “I wake up ev­ery morn­ing and look in the mir­ror and I'm re­minded of my breast can­cer. It never re­ally leaves you,” the fash­ion de­signer said. This is Nanette’s motivation for host­ing to­mor­row’s third Win­ter Fash­ion Show with the Friends of Can­cer Coun­cil WA to raise money for can­cer re­search.

Fash­ion de­signer and can­cer sur­vivor Nanette Car­nachan hopes to raise much-needed funds for Can­cer Coun­cil WA at the third Win­ter Fash­ion Show to­mor­row.

Ms Car­nachan, who has been in re­mis­sion from breast can­cer for 10 years, said she de­cided to or­gan­ise the fash­ion show with the Friends of Can­cer Coun­cil WA af­ter her own ex­pe­ri­ence.

She said fur­ther re­search was the only way can­cer would con­tinue to be beaten.

“I’m do­ing the show to raise money for re­search, which is des­per­ately needed to con­tinue the fight against can­cer,” she said.

“This cause is so im­por­tant; it’s life-sav­ing. I wake up ev­ery morn­ing and look in the mir­ror and I’m re­minded of my breast can­cer. It never re­ally leaves you.”

Mod­els will wear clothes from Ms Car­nachan’s bou­tique Mid 70’s for the fash­ion show and guests will be joined by speak­ers Pro­fes­sor Eric Moses and Doc­tor Sa­man­tha Bowyer. Can­cer Coun­cil WA fundrais­ing co­or­di­na­tor Beth Wat­son said Ms Car­nachan had been a big sup­porter of the Friends of Can­cer Coun­cil WA.

“Money means progress in can­cer re­search and we en­cour­age peo­ple in the western sub­urbs to hold a fundraiser and help sup­port re­search,” she said.

Ms Car­nachan was in­stru­men­tal in get­ting the drug Her­ceptin avail­able in Australia and get­ting it gov­ern­ment­funded af­ter the $60,000 drug helped save her life.

“Ev­ery sec­ond per­son has been touched by can­cer some­how and it’s some­thing we need to help erad­i­cate,” she said.

“I have a pas­sion for fash­ion and we have put to­gether a fan­tas­tic and pro­fes­sional fash­ion show, so we hope we can raise money and make a dif­fer­ence.”

The Win­ter Fash­ion Show 2016 will be held at Royal Perth Golf Club to­mor­row from 10am to noon.

Picture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d455364

Breast can­cer sur­vivor Nanette Car­nachan.

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