Lim backs lo­cal pink rib­bon break­fasts

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Celebrity cook and colum­nist for the Clutha Leader Na­dia Lim is en­cour­ag­ing South Otago res­i­dents to in­vite their friends to Pink Rib­bon Break­fasts in May, to raise funds for Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion NZ.

Around 250 women are di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer each year in the South­ern DHB area.

Pro­ceeds from this year’s break­fasts will go to­wards breast can­cer re­search and sup­port­ing pa­tients un­der­go­ing treat­ment.

Lim said she was happy to be fronting the cam­paign for the sec­ond year in a row.

‘‘Hav­ing taken part in Pink Rib­bon Break­fasts last year, I know how much fun th­ese gath­er­ings can be, and also how worth­while.

‘‘It’s a fan­tas­tic chance to share vi­tal in­for­ma­tion about breast health while rais­ing much-needed money for a great cause.’’

Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Evan­gelia Hen­der­son said the funds raised will help sup­port New Zealand re­search into breast can­cer.

‘‘We have great re­searchers do­ing cut­ting-edge work in this coun­try, but of­ten there’s sim­ply not enough money to take their work for­ward to clin­i­cal tri­als.’’

Funds will also help sup­port pa­tients by of­fer­ing ad­vice, coun­selling, phys­io­ther­apy and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

With more than 600 women a year still dy­ing of breast can­cer, there is no let-up in the need for re­search and sup­port, she said.

‘‘Breast can­cer pa­tients de­serve all the sup­port they can get while en­dur­ing what can be gru­el­ing treat­ment, and we are able to make a real dif­fer­ence in many pa­tients’ lives.

‘‘Mean­while, we must re­lent­lessly push for sci­en­tific break­throughs.

‘‘With­out re­search there will be no progress.’’

The foun­da­tion is also fund­ing a breast can­cer na­tional reg­is­ter which tracks pa­tient treat­ment and out­comes.

Hen­der­son said the reg­is­ter will help com­pare pat­terns and trends across New Zealand, and against the rest of the world, to help iden­tify ar­eas for im­prove­ment.

‘‘We want Kiwi women to have the best pos­si­ble treat­ment, and both re­search and sup­port are a huge part of that.

‘‘So, please, host a break­fast – your help will make a real dif­fer­ence.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Pink Rib­bon Break­fasts, go to : pinkrib­bon­break­fast.co.nz

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