With Mother’s Day approaching, and all that this day means for many women and their families, wouldn’t “a world without breast cancer” be the best Mother’s Day gift of all?
Michelle King of Gunnedah NSW thinks so.
Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 at the age of 48. A friend “dragged” her along to BreastScreen for a routine mammogram and she thought everything would be fine.
“I couldn’t believe it when they told me I had breast cancer,” said Michelle. “I was healthy and there was no history of it in my family.”
Following a mastectomy, Michelle made a full recovery, but she never imagined there would be more devastating news to follow. Within the next four years, both her mother and mother-in-law were also diagnosed with breast cancer.
“Now my family does have a history of breast cancer and I want to make sure my granddaughter doesn’t have to suffer like we have.”
Since 2007, Michelle has been donating regularly to the Breast Cancer Institute of Australia (BCIA) and each year, instead of buying her mother and mother-in-law gifts for Mother’s Day, she makes a special donation to the BCIA’s Mother’s Day Research Appeal. Michelle said they both love to receive the Mother’s Day card which acknowledges the donation because they are all living proof of the importance of breast cancer research.
Michelle encourages everyone to support the BCIA’s Mother’s Day Research Appeal.
“I know my mum, my mother-in-law and I are all well thanks to early diagnosis and treatments identified through clinical trials research, and we need to do all we can to protect the future of our children and grandchildren,” said Michelle.
Make your donation to the BCIA today and you can receive a beautiful Mother’s Day card to give to your mum which acknowledges your donation.
Simply visit www.bcia.org.au or call 1800 423 444.
The Breast Cancer Institute of Australia is the fundraising department of the Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group (ANZBCTG). For over 30 years this Group has conducted Australia’s only collaborative clinical trials research program for the treatment, prevention and cure of breast cancer. Our research has contributed to the 27% fall in deaths from breast cancer seen over the past 20 years.
Every day in Australia, 37 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Each of these women can receive a treatment which has been proven to be safe and effective through the clinical trials research process. Because of this research, they are more likely to survive longer and free of breast cancer than at any other time in history.
The national clinical trials research program of the ANZBCTG is committed to establishing more effective and well tolerated treatments which aim to save lives, protect quality of life, prevent breast cancer and lower the long-term risk of breast cancer returning.
We work with researchers throughout Australia and globally. This ensures that resources are pooled, duplication is avoided, knowledge is shared and progress is faster for the ultimate benefit of women with or at risk of breast cancer.
Your support for this research can help women everywhere, every day, to overcome this disease. It will also help work towards a future free of breast cancer for generations to come.