For eight years, Jill Tucker has been helping Wagga women regain their sense of self. Having undergone a mastectomy after discovering a lump in her breast, she found it hard to find prosthetics and garments that were also fashionable.
Realising she was far from alone – breast cancer afflicts women from their 20s to their 90s – Ms Tucker set about solving the problem and established Erilan Mastectomy Collection.
“In general, women feel their femininity has been compromised, they don’t feel as attractive and clothes don’t fit properly,” she said.
“Helping them overcome some of those issues is something I love doing, it’s a real feel-good business.
“My clients become friends on a journey, we share this intimate experience and for a brief part of that journey I help them.”
Wagga Business Chamber was so impressed with Ms Tucker’s dedication to others that they created a new Crow Awards category – the “Chamber’s Choice” – to recognise her work.