Pink ladies share their journey of survival

Karen Hanlon, Karen McFarland, Sue Hutton (Northern Rivers Area Health Service breast care nurse), Glenda Roe, Jan Faulks and Joy Piper (all rear) with Mel Everson, Matthew and Lucas Hanlon (front) and the pink lady silhouettes.

The theme of the Breast Cancer Networks 2006 Mini-Fields of Women is our journey but the theme song for local women affected by breast cancer would have to be Gloria Gaynors classic I Will Survive.

The strength of these women, and the strength of the friendships they have formed on their breast cancer journey, will be acknowledged this Saturday, October 28, when 100 pink lady silhouettes are displayed in Riverside Park, representing the 12,000 Australians diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

The Mini-Fields of Women has been organised by local breast care nurse Sue Hutton and will start at Spinks Park with a 10am Walk for Life around the Lismore CBD, prior to the main event at 11.30am in Riverside Park.

Individuals will be encouraged to sponsor a pink lady silhouette in support of a loved one with breast cancer, in memory of a person who has died of breast cancer or simply in support of breast cancer sufferers.

There will be a picnic lunch, guest speakers, the Headliners acappella group will perform and breast cancer survivors will share their journeys.

The most powerful realisation is knowing that you are not alone on the journey, said Glenda Roe, who was diagnosed with breast cancer six months ago. The Network gives you a valuable link with other women and you form really strong friendships.

Sue Hutton said the day was an opportunity for people to show their support for people with breast cancer, and she also wants to raise awareness of the Breast Cancer Networks My Journey Kit, a free resource available for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

Sue walks with us through our journey and she is much, much more than a nurse, said Jan Faulks. She is my guardian angel.

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