Pink Rib­bon brekkie re­mem­bers Sara

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Sara Pugh died from breast can­cer in the United States when she was just 28.

Her brother Jamie Weal and his wife Kristina, who were living in Auck­land, felt so far away.

When they heard Pugh’s health was fail­ing they were on the next flight to Con­necti­cut but they were not able to be there when she died on March 13, 2014.

Kristina Weal is host­ing a Pink Rib­bon Break­fast this May to re­mem­ber her sis­terin-law, who leaves be­hind her hus­band and 3-year-old son.

‘‘As a mother this re­al­ity re­ally freaked me out.

‘‘I wanted to do some­thing be­cause I felt so far away,’’ she says.

‘‘Then I saw a tele­vi­sion ad­ver­tise­ment for Pink Rib­bon Break­fast and it was like the an­swer came to me and that was the right thing to do.’’

The New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion is invit­ing the public to host and take part in Pink Rib­bon Break­fasts in May to help raise money for breast can­cer re­search.

This in­cludes drug devel­op­ment and re­search into ge­netic fac­tors that con­trib­ute to the dis­ease spread­ing.

Pugh, a for­mer Waihi res­i­dent, was di­ag­nosed with stage 4 ter­mi­nal breast can­cer at Christ­mas 2013.

This news came af­ter she was given the all-clear ear­lier that year.

Weal and her friend Cathi White in­vited about peo­ple to the break­fast.

Pink Rib­bon Break­fast guests are en­cour­aged to wear pink, and the room will be dressed to theme with cen­tre­pieces and pink bal­loons. Count­down and The Mad Butcher have both made dona­tions to­wards the costs of the food.

The foun­da­tion says 73

75 per cent of breast can­cer pa­tients in New Zealand are dis­ease-free 10 years af­ter di­ag­no­sis – but more than 600 women still die of the dis­ease each year.

More than 2000 Pink Rib­bon Break­fasts were held around the coun­try in 2014. A to­tal of 65,000 peo­ple went to them.

The na­tion­wide

event raised $1 mil­lion for the non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Reg­is­tra­tions are now open for any­body who wants to host a break­fast this May.

Photo: SARAH ROBERTS

Kristina Weal is host­ing a Pink Rib­bon Break­fast. She is pic­tured with her son Owen, 5.

Sara Pugh, who died of breast can­cer, with her son Ethan, who is now 3.

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