For Stacey Morrison it is personal

Registrations open for Pink Ribbon breakfasts

by Mike Isle

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ ambassador Stacey Morrison is encouraging Cantabrians to host a get-together in May to raise funds for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.

The foundation hopes to top last year’s total of more than 500 breakfasts in Canterbury, where around 350 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

Proceeds from the hosted events go toward breast cancer research and patient support.

Morrison’s connection with the cause is strong and personal: her mother Sue died of breast cancer at just 45 years old.

Morrison said that when experiencing grief, it helps to do something proactive — which is why she became a BCFNZ ambassador.

“I always love seeing the Pink Ribbon Breakfasts hosted by people all over New Zealand. It’s a positive way to support the cause to honour a strong survivor you know, or in memory of someone special,” Morrison said.

Evangelia Henderson, chief executive at Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, said the funds raised would help support New Zealand research into many aspects of breast cancer, including vaccines and immunotherapies.

Money raised will also help support patients by funding advice, counselling, physiotherapy, group exercise programmes and lymphoedema treatment.

“Breast cancer patients deserve all the support they can get while enduring what can be gruelling treatment, and we can make a real difference in many patients’ lives.

“So, please, host a breakfast — your help will make a real difference,” Henderson said.

For more information, or to register to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast, visit pinkribbonbreakfast.co.nz.