Bar­ing all to fight breast can­cer

Bras up for the tak­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

Porirua mother Chrissy Leg­gott has al­ways put oth­ers first, de­spite be­ing di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer ear­lier this year.

The 45-year-old was di­ag­nosed in June and would un­dergo a mas­tec­tomy in about a month, she said.

In prepa­ra­tion for the surgery, she has of­fered her bras to women who need them by dis­play­ing them on a fence out­side her Kokiri Cres prop­erty.

‘‘I’m go­ing to have my bust off and, be­cause I’m a large-busted woman, I have to have the other one re­duced. It’s like, ‘Well, what am I go­ing to do with all my bras?’ be­cause I’m not go­ing to need them any more.’’

Friends have joined the cause by do­nat­ing bras and there are 16 so far. She is en­cour­ag­ing Porirua res­i­dents to do the same.

She has called the col­lec­tion Bras for Boobs, and said they would likely be do­nated to Aro­hata Prison, refugee ser­vices or Women’s Refuge once the col­lec­tion was large enough.

‘‘There’s a lot of sin­gle mums out there. There’ll be other mums out there who can’t af­ford to buy bras for their kids, so they’re more than wel­come to come and have a look. There’s lit­tle bras as well.’’

Ms Leg­gott hoped Bras for Boobs would in­crease peo­ple’s aware­ness of breast can­cer, and en­cour­age women to have their breasts ex­am­ined.

‘‘[It’s] mak­ing women aware to get their boobs checked.’’

Ms Leg­gott has had two chemo­ther­apy ses­sions so far. She also shaved her head af­ter los­ing hair be­cause of the chemo­ther­apy.

De­spite fight­ing an ag­gres­sive form of can­cer, the mother of two is de­ter­mined to stay pos­i­tive.

‘‘I’m not one of those peo­ple who will sit back and twid­dle my thumbs,’’ she said. ‘‘I have to turn it into a pos­i­tive, be­cause I’m not a neg­a­tive per­son. .’’

Photo: TALIA CARLISLE

Bra col­lec­tion: Porirua res­i­dent Chrissy Leg­gott with her bra fence in Kokiri Cres.

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