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