Putting the Spotlight on cancer

Spotlight Lismore staff (l-r) Wendy Luck, Trish Flippence, Leanne Charnock and Susan Smith doing their bit to raise awareness about breast cancer on national Pink Ribbon Day.

The Cancer Councils Pink Ribbon Day comes around once a year, but Trish Flippence and many other women live with breast cancer every day. Trish was first diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 35 and after successful treatment, was given the all clear.

Then, just 12 months ago, at the age of 43, Trish received a bone cancer diagnosis and now the fight is back on.

Im okay, Trish reassured this journalist with a beaming smile. I feel absolutely fine. Youve just got to keep going and Spotlight has been so supportive of my illness. It is a really family orientated company that has supported Gary and myself throughout my treatment.

Trishs husband Gary is Spotlights area manager in Lismore, and Trish has worked part time in the store since her first cancer diagnosis, in between caring for their three teenage children.

Spotlight has always had a strong association with the Cancer Council, with pink ribbons and other merchandise sold in store, and on Pink Ribbon Day on Monday many of the staff wore pink to show their support for the campaign and for Trish.

By supporting the Pink Ribbon Day we are at least doing our bit to fund research and help others affected by breast cancer, said Trish. And if I can raise awareness about the importance of mammograms and regular breast checks then its a really good thing.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and pink ribbons and pins can be purchased at Spotlight and many other retails outlets.

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