Pur­ple Bra Day a chance to show sup­port

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - Gio­vanni Torre

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.

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