BROADCASTER and Breast Cancer Foundation NZ ambassador Stacey Morrison knows exactly what it’s like to experience loss due to breast cancer.
She is calling on Southlanders to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast in July, to help raise funds to support patients and save lives.
Mrs Morrison, who lost her 45-year-old mother to breast cancer, said she was inspired by the resilience of many families who were dealing with Covid-19 as well as cancer treatment.
“As we rally together as a nation, I’m also hoping we can show some love for people affected by this devastating disease.
“Hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast is a fun and easy way to let patients know they don’t have to face breast cancer alone. It’s a fantastic way to raise awareness about breast health and honour the ones who have survived or the ones we’ve lost.
Last year, more than 85 breakfasts were held in Southland.
Breast Cancer Foundation NZ statistics show about 230 people in the Southern District Health Board area were diagnosed with breast cancer each year, out of 3300 nationwide.
More than 650 people die from the disease every year.
Proceeds from Pink Ribbon Breakfasts would go towards helping women get the support they need, those undergoing treatment, driving early detection and funding ground-breaking research.
Breast Cancer Foundation NZ chief executive Evangelia Henderson said Covid-19 had a huge impact on the work the organisation did.
“Although Pink Ribbon Breakfast wasn’t able to happen in May like it usually does, we’re thrilled to be bringing it back for July.”
“If the last few months have shown us anything, it’s that there are many different ways we can still be together as a community. Pink Ribbon Breakfast is all about Kiwis coming together, in a way that works for them, for one cause: to bring us a step closer to our vision of zero deaths from breast cancer.”