Pink Rib­bon Day sup­ports breast can­cer bat­tlers

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Janie Smith

Pink is more than just a pretty colour for Sara Becker.

It’s a re­minder of her mother’s bat­tle with breast can­cer.

Mrs Becker is the Auck­land city co­or­di­na­tor for Pink Rib­bon Day, held to­day as part of the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion’s an­nual ap­peal.

“This ap­peal is close to my heart be­cause my mother passed away from breast can­cer nearly 11 years ago,” she says.

“I’d been want­ing to do some­thing volunteerand this is def­i­nitely the one that touches me the most.”

Mrs Becker got in­volved with the foun­da­tion as a vol­un­teer last year and was asked to be a co­or­di­na­tor this year.

Her ex­pe­ri­ence makes her more aware of the dis­ease and she has yearly checks and reg­u­lar mam­mo­grams. “It’s not scary. “It’s more com­fort­ing to know ev­ery­thing is okay.”

This year’s aware­ness month also fo­cuses on the fact that many women di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer sur­vive.

Avon­dale res­i­dent Ali­son Dodds, 70, dis­cov­ered she had the dis­ease in 1999 dur­ing a rou­tine med­i­cal check.

She went for a mam­mo­gram which confi there was a lump and a biopsy was taken.

“I got the re­sults two days later and had the op­er­a­tion the fol­low­ing week.

“I was ter­ri­bly lucky,” she says.

The lump was suc­cess­fully re­moved and Ms Dodds had ra­dio­ther­apy and did gym ex­er­cises to main­tain the mo­bil­ity in her arm, which can be af­fected by the op­er­a­tion.

“I was go­ing to get over it as fast as pos­si­ble.”

She says it is in­spir­ing to hear of oth­ers who have beaten the dis­ease and says the foun­da­tion’s ap­peal is “su­per”.

“I hope it goes re­ally well.”

Vol­un­teers will sell pink rib­bons, wrist bands and other pink items around the city from 7.30am to 6pm.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Pretty in pink: Sara Becker is the Auck­land city co­or­di­na­tor for Pink Rib­bon Day.

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