GOOD TIMES: Michelle Carson pictured with her mum Jan before she commenced her breast cancer treatment.Michelle Carson will be selling merchandise on Pink Ribbon Day in memory of her mother Jan who died from breast cancer in August.
The Ulladulla hairdresser is encouraging local shoppers to support the Cancer Council’s breast and gynaecologicalfundraising stalls outside Milton IGA, at the Burrill Lake shops and in Rowen’s Arcade on Friday October 23.
Michelle has rallied volunteers to man the stalls and pound the pavement on Pink Ribbon Day.
“My beautiful mum just passed away in August from breast cancer,” she said.
“I was by her side through chemoand when we got the news that her cancer spread.
“We only just lost our dad also less than 12 months earlier.
“Now I feel I can help by raising money and awareness about cancer”.
Every day in Australia around 50 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer.
In the Southern NSW regionit is predicted that, by 2016, 210 people will be diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer in a single year, with 44 deaths expected.
But there is hope.
The five year survival rate for breast cancer has increased by 17 per centin the past two decadesand by 7 per centfor women with a gynaecological cancer in the same periodthanks to advancements in cancer research and prevention.
Cancer Council NSW hopes to raise $3.1 million in NSW with funds going towards vital cancer research, prevention programs, advocacy, and information and support services for all those affected by breast and gynaecological cancers.
Michelle said stalls in Milton and Ulladulla would be operating throughout the day, while the Burrill Lake fundraiser would run between 6.30am and 9am.
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