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    2022 BCNA STORIES

    Peta Murphy
    BCNA Event Ambassador

    Let's be frank: cancer sucks. It changes the way your body feels and it changes the way you feel about your body. The treatments can make you sick. Sometimes you're scared. Sometimes you're angry. In my experience, you're often both at the same time. You worry about how your family and your friends are coping. And for too many people, on top of all of this, is the worry about how to pay the bills if you can't work, about who's going to look after the children while you're getting treatment, how you're going to get to and from your appointments, and so it goes on. I have metastatic breast cancer, a diagnosis which came just after I was sworn in as the Member for Dunkley and two weeks before I was to give my big first speech. I had to decide how to go about coming to terms with the diagnosis, starting treatment and managing that with my new – and very public! – job.

     

    In 2021, it is projected that 20,030 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer, including 19,866 women and 164 men. An average of 55 people per day. So, I am neither unique nor alone in the journey that I am on. But I am, as a member of the federal parliament, someone who has a platform that can be used to benefit others. I decided to use my platform to do all I can to raise awareness of the importance of universal access to health care. And, not surprisingly, to put a large spotlight on breast cancer. One of the ways I do this is to support the BCNA at every opportunity. This Carman’s Fun Run I will be walking – I’m hoping to make 10km, but am confident I will make 5km!

    Raelene Boyle

    BCNA Event Ambassador

    Australia’s much loved Olympic champion, Raelene Boyle, will be an Ambassador for the Carman’s Fun Run 2022. Having being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 Raelene is a passionate advocate for women and men living with breast cancer and has been a very active board member of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) since 1999.

     

    Raelene represented Australia in track and field at three Olympic Games. She won three Olympic silver medals, seven Commonwealth gold medals and two Commonwealth silver medals. In 1974, Raelene was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of her outstanding sporting achievements. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007, in recognition of her work with cancer organisations, particularly Breast Cancer Network Australia. In 2013, she was named in Australia’s Top 100 Sportswomen of All Time.

     

    Raelene is one of the National Trust’s 100 Living Treasures, a member of the Australian Track and Field Hall of Fame and one of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame’s 39 Legends of Australian sport. Raelene was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996.

    Emma Trehy

    BCNA Event Champion

    I'll be running the Half Marathon with some awesome running friends here in Sydney (Run Anywhere, Run Anytime) on Sunday 20 February as part of the Carman's Fun Run, to mark 12 months since my last round of chemotherapy.

     

    In October 2019, during Breast Cancer Awareness month I felt something unusual in my right breast and it was swiftly diagnosed as early-stage Breast Cancer. As an avid runner and otherwise fit and healthy 41 year old Mum, I was genuinely shocked by this diagnosis and terrified about what lay ahead.

     

    15 months of treatment followed involving a combination of chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy. I was so grateful to be blessed with an amazing treatment team and the support I received throughout from everyone around me was unbelievable.

     

    During that period running was my solace - a place to escape to and something I could control when so much else was out of my hands. Some days I could only run 1km, others much more and tougher days were punctuated by regular walking breaks, however, I was always very grateful to be able to run.

     

    Raising awareness and funds naturally now lies very close to my heart and I am thrilled to be taking part in this event.

    Kate Van Duuren

    BCNA Event Champion

    Since I was in my early 20’s I knew my family had a wonky breast cancer gene. We just don’t know which one. The specialists think we have our own “special gene”. It has affected my mum, twin sister, cousins, aunts and nanna Pat ­– seven out of nine ladies from my family have had breast cancer before the age of 40. We are all strong and close and, over lunches, have cried, hugged and celebrated end of chemo together. While men can also get breast cancer, our family has been fortunate in this space. After years of breast screening and with support from a Familial Cancer Centre I opted for an elective double mastectomy when I was 34 years old. That was 13 years ago.

     

    I will be running the half marathon in February and looking forward to the bay views, the warm and positive vibes and running with all my fellow SISTERS as we raise funds and awareness for generations to come.

    Shari Hindmarsh

    BCNA Event Champion

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2021 (ironically during Breast Cancer Awareness month) and it took me a minute to completely process the fact that I had the big C. This was a word that I had seen thrown around in film and TV storylines and have unfortunately witnessed friends go through, but nothing prepares you for when it is happening to your own body. Utter and pure disbelief, followed by fear and the burning question constantly on your mind, “will I get through this?”. 

     

    I was gifted with an amazing team of professionals who have helped me navigate my journey - my brilliant surgeon Dr Teresa Nano and radiation oncologist Dr Samantha Barbour, along with the team at Icon Cancer Centre at Greenslopes Hospital. They have made my radiation experience so easy and dare I say it, fun…To all these incredible women that I’ve been so fortunate to cross paths with across countless appointments, I will be forever grateful for your care and empathy. 

     

    I’m running in the fun run to help bring awareness to young women with breast cancer and to raise money to continue life-saving research. If it weren’t for those before us helping to raise awareness and working so hard towards developing new technologies and treatments so the future generations could live fuller lives, then I know my story would look very different. I’m not a runner by any means but after going through these past few months, I’m so much stronger and resilient than I ever imagined I could be and now I feel like I can take on anything. Oh, and make sure to check your bits every once in a while!

    Claudia Wotherspoon

    BCNA Event Champion

    Taking part in the Carman's Fun Run holds a special significance for Claudia.

     

    In 2014, 7 year old Claudia wanted to do her bit by raising money for Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), in recognition of one of her friends who lost his mum to breast cancer. Claudia went on to take out first place in the 500 meter Mini Fun Run and raised $600.00 for BCNA.

     

    In Feb 2016, Claudia’s Aunty Cathy was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Claudia knows that BCNA helped Cathy immensely by responding immediately when Cathy called them. They promptly sent her information to help her (the “My Care Kit” and the “My Journey Kit”) all for free. In Cathy’s own words…. “I don't believe I could have understood what was happening to me without these two kits. The information they compiled was easy to read for any lay person. Please keep supporting them.” Claudia signed up again in the Adult 5km race, and again with the incredible support and help of generous family and friends Claudia raised $2,852.05. Claudia continued to raise money at many more events, in consecutive years for BCNA.

     

    She has now signed up for her 7th Carman’s Fun Run and is again supporting BCNA and the great work they do. This year is also extra special as men are able to enter the event. Fabulously TeamCJ has formed again with 34 peeps on board, including Claudia's whole family.

     

    If you would like to help Claudia make a difference, please make a donation through her page here.

    FUNDRAISING

    Sole Motive is proud to announce that Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is the official charity partner for the 2023 Carman’s Fun Run. Join us and help BCNA in their important work to raise funds and spread awareness for people affected by breast cancer.
    Make your run count in 2023.

    Get rewarded with your fundraising dollars!

    - Raise $50pp to receive BCNA knee high Pink Lady socks

    - Raise $100 to receive BCNA pink cap

    - Raise $200 to go into the draw to win a fitness pack

    - Raise over $500 to be invited to the VIP marquee and receive a goodie bag 

    Where is my money going?

    Aside from information and support, one of the key things BCNA does is advocate and inform policy to improve costs of treatment, and faster listing of new and innovative drugs on PBS, and devices and tests on MBS.

     

    With your help, BCNA can:

    • - Provide peace of mind, and information, with factual, tailored information through My Journey
    • - Support people affected by breast cancer via our caring Helpline
    • - Advocated for new medications to come onto the PBS to improve access to treatment options
    • - Ensure the voice and experience of the BCNA network influences breast cancer policy and research innovation

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