October is Australia's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the team at Alan Harris McDonald will be doing their bit to help raise awareness about breast cancer, as well as raise funds for prevention programs, support services and vital research.
Every day in Australia around 55 people are diagnosed with breast cancer. It is the most common cancer in women and the second most common cancer to cause death in women, after lung cancer.
This October the Alan Harris McDonald team will not only be donning pink to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Research but they have also created a mini-field of 100 pink lady silhouettes at the front of their facility at 76 Copland Street Wagga to show support and pay tribute to the many people in the community affected by breast cancer. Anyone who has been affected by breast cancer directly or indirectly is invited to the display and to write a personal message to be placed on the silhouettes during October. Leave your message via the website www.alanharrismcdonald.com.au.
Lynney McPhail receptionist at Alan Harris McDonald shares her story:
My breast cancer journey started the week before I turned 50 when I found a lump in my breast. It was out of the blue and supposedly only happens to other people. But the fact is it can affect anyone. I know this as my daughter-in-law was diagnosed the year before me. She was young and never thought she should be examining for lumps. My first operation removed the cancer and I was off to have a six-weeks of radiation. Unfortunately, I had to have a mastectomy. I was lucky enough to have a reconstruction at the same time. It was a tough six months, but I am one of the lucky ones, the survivors. I have met some of the most amazing people, women who, like me, had to face the fear of not knowing what lies ahead. For some their story has a different ending like my daughter-in-law, she sadly passed away at the young age of 37.
I feel extremely grateful to have Alan Harris McDonald supporting the Breast Cancer foundation. Highlighting the cause, helping raise awareness and sharing our stories may encourage someone to get checked. It may save a life.
Joshua Paul manager at Alan Harris McDonald shares his story:
Breast Cancer has affected my family not once but twice. When I was 13 my Mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer a couple of days before Christmas. Unfortunately, Mum had to go to Sydney for six weeks of radiation. With four kids at home this was extremely difficult for our family. Our incredible family, friends and community members all chipped in to help while Mum was away and we will be forever grateful for this. Again, just days before Christmas some 13 years later Mum received the awful news she was once again about to start a journey to beat Breast Cancer for the second time. This time we were lucky to have the facilities here so Mum could receive all her treatments in Wagga. My Mother is a fighter like so many others. Breast Cancer has had a huge impact on our family, just like it has on so many other families within our community and I am so proud to be donning the Pink with my team and striving to unite our community to help raise awareness about breast cancer.