Purple Bra Day a chance to show support
CENTRAL PERTH will turn purple next Friday as thousands of superheroes hit the streets to fundraise for Purple Bra Day.
Purple Bra Day is now in its 14th year and Breast Cancer Care WA (BCCWA) needs more heroes than ever to take up the challenge and don the emblematic purple bra - outside of their clothes.
The day will be particularly poignant for Subiaco couple Daniel and Rebecca McKeating.
Just over one year ago they received the devastating news that Rebecca was diagnosed with stage two, grade two (estrogen positive) breast cancer. She was 33 at the time.
“Bec had been experiencing an uncomfortable feeling that she had just put down to hormonal tenderness,” Mr McKeating said.
“I had encouraged her to get it checked out but she kept putting it off, thinking it would be nothing serious at her age.
“Then our friend got diagnosed with breast cancer at only 29, so we went to our GP, who was just as shocked as we were when the results came back.”
During one of Mrs McKeating’s visits to the Mount Hospital for treatment, a nurse informed the couple about BCCWA’s support services.
“Breast Cancer Care WA have provided both of us with so much support during one of the hardest times of our lives, they truly have been a saviour,” Mr McKeating said.
Mr McKeating will be showing his appreciation for BCCWA again this year by participating in the Run for a Reason for a second time, as well as rattling the tin in the CBD for Purple Bra Day on Friday.
“Last year I raised nearly $4500 for Breast Cancer Care WA, and I will be running again this year with the aim to raise as much as possible,” he said.
The official Purple Bray Day event will take place on Friday but individuals and companies are encouraged to hold a fundraising activity or donate funds any time in June.
Daniel and Rebecca McKeating.