19 October 2012
South Australia is turning pink today in celebration of Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day on Monday 22 October. Show your support towards the fight against breast cancer and visit one of Cancer Council SA’s Pink Ribbon Day stalls across the state to pick up a Pink gift.
Look out for more than 250 Cancer Council SA volunteers today, located at over 25 stalls, from Adelaide to Aldinga, Golden Grove to Goolwa, and Newton to Victor Harbour. Add a splash of Pink to your day by purchasing a Pink Ribbon Day pin, pen, bag tag, key ring, teddy bear, shopping bag or even some cookie cutters!
All funds raised on Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day will help support more than 1,100 South Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer each year, by helping us provide support services to improve the quality of life for those affected by breast cancer, along with research into potential new treatments and prevention measures.
Lesley Beere, a courageous mother from Lewiston, has been diagnosed with cancer three times, all before the age of 50. The effects of her long battle with cancer are still felt by many, including her family and four children.
“It has been especially traumatic for my youngest daughter, Kaitlyn. When I was first diagnosed she was eight years old, and was terrified that I was going to die. Kaitlyn also thought that she too would die of breast cancer when she grew up, and that was heartbreaking,” says Lesley.
Lesley’s cancer journey began in 2004, when she discovered a lump in her breast just before Christmas and was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite a successful recovery, the cancer had spread to a lymph node in her neck, and in 2010 Lesley underwent further treatment. Lesley thought the worst was finally over, but a year later another tumour was found in her neck and the distressing process began all over again.
Thankfully, Lesley has now been free of cancer for almost a year, but she knows it could reappear at any time. “It’s always in the back of my mind. Even though I may have survived, the fact is that cancer does kill people. We’ve come so far with research and treatment methods, but cancer still exists and we have to stop that.”
With your support, survivors like Lesley and her family will have a chance to live their lives without the fear of a cancer diagnosis returning. Supporting Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day today will help improve the lives of breast cancer patients, their carers, family and friends.
Breast cancer survival rates have increased dramatically in the past two decades due to continued research and today 85 per cent of Australian women over 50 will be successfully treated for an initial diagnosis. But we still have a long way to go.
“Today and every day, we continue our fight against cancer, currently funding 38 research initiatives, through Cancer Council’s Beat Cancer Project, across a broad range of cancer related topics,” says Professor Brenda Wilson, Chief Executive, Cancer Council SA.
“Your support on Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day will help fund these research projects, which show great promise in the fight against cancer. My hope is that a new generation of women, like Lesley, will be able to complete their treatments, confident that the cancer they have beaten is truly gone for good.”
“Purchase a Pink Ribbon Day gift today and help make a difference for the one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85.”
For more information or to donate, visit www.pinkribbonday.com.au
Cancer Council SA Pink Ribbon Day stalls:
- Adelaide Arcade
- Aberfoyle Park
- Adelaide Railway Station
- Burnside Village
- Calvary Wakefield Hospital
- Centro Arndale
- Centro Colonnades
- Centro Hilton
- Elizabeth Shopping Centre
- Firle Plaza
- Gilles Plains
- Golden Grove Village Shopping Centre
- Goolwa Shopping Centre
- Hallett Cove Mall
- Ingle Farm
- Marion Westfield
- Mawson Lakes
- Munno Para Shopping Centre
- Newton Village
- Southgate Plaza Shopping Centre
- St Agnes
- Tea Tree Plaza
- Victor Central
- Westfield West Lakes