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!
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.
All participants who raise over $50 pp will receive a pair of BCNA knee high Pink Lady socks.These will be perfect for pinking up your Fun Run outfit.