“Everyone knows someone affected by breast cancer. This is a way for REINSW members to come together and raise money for the McGrath Foundation, which has such a positive impact on both individuals and families.”
The McGrath Foundation has helped more than 54,000 families since 2005. Today, they have 117 breast care nurses working with families at a cost of $12 million per year. But more needs to be done. The McGrath Foundation estimates it needs 229 nurses to provide every family affected by breast cancer with access to specialist support.
Tracy Bevan, Ambassador and Founder of the McGrath Foundation, said Pink Up Your Town is about shining a pink spotlight in the local community to show support for those experiencing the impact of breast cancer.
“There are many communities that don’t have access to a breast care nurse,” Tracy said. “Forty-nine women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day and 144 men each year.
“We want to help and support everyone affected, and Pink Up Your Town is a way to get nurses to those communities that don’t have access.”
McGrath Breast Care Nurses help individuals and their families experiencing breast cancer by providing physical, psychological and emotional support from the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment. The service is free and you can self-refer.