Organiser Amanda Stapledon enjoying a cuppa with Michelle Jankovic and Sally Woolgar
Geoff Black sharing his wife’s journey with breast cancer
Christine Thornton from Ermha talking about support services
Auctions and raffles raised some arms towards much needed donations
Local Amanda Stapledon Liberal for Narre Warren North, organisation Ermha MadCap Café and guest speaker Geoff Black shared their experience with Breast Cancer at Saturday’s morning tea. Raising awareness and much needed funds for Breast Cancer Network Australia. Many locals turned up and enjoyed a glorious morning tea organised by Amanda Stapledon.
Amanda Stapledon: “My aunty was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was a child, and Breast Cancer Network Australia would have been such a valuable resource for our entire family if it was available many years ago.”
Guest speaker Geoff Black shared his very personal journey losing his wife recently to breast cancer and the battle they faced. Geoff Black: “We are doing well because we are supported well by communities.”
Christine Thornton from organisation Erma who run MadCap Café spoke about her personal connections to cancer. Christine Thornton: “We help people develop a sense of resilience, to build on their strengths.”
Helping Hand Is Here founder Michelle Jankovic has had her own scare with potential Breast Cancer. Michelle Jankovic: “Rolling over in bed one morning, I accidently felt a small hard pea size lump in my breast. I thought breast cancer doesn’t run in my family. This can’t be what I think it is?” After a week of having a mammogram, ultra sound and finally a biopsy, Michelle’s results came back all clear. Not every women has a good outcome.
Michelle Jankovic: “I can’t tell you how I felt when finding the lump. It made me look at my children, my husband and my purpose on this earth in a completely different light. It was lovely to share and listen to people who care for patients who are fighting breast cancer, being touched especially by mothers who have young children.”
If you are needing support or more information about breast cancer, visit www.bcna.org.au or telephone: (03) 9805 2500 or freecall: 1800 500 258.