Ambassador for BCNA, Ms Ita Buttrose, attended the second yearly Pink Lady formal lunch meet held in the Gandel Hall of the National Gallery in Canberra for Breast Cancer Network Australia. 74-years-old, Ms Buttrose opened her heart and experienced when she was the editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, also known as The Weekly- monthly women’s magazine published in Sydney.
Ita Buttrose (centre) with network’s CEO Christine Nolan (left) and network board member Megan James. Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Author of “A Guide to Australian Etiquette,” Ms Buttrose shared an event where she was asked to draw and circulate the awareness about breast wellness to the ladies of Sydney. A toy company proprietor claimed his bucks back for printing the content next to his full-page advertisement. Ms Buttrose put forth his compensation and published his ad too.
Ms Buttrose implied, “So even when you are campaigning for concern like cancer, you may fall into hurdle when you don’t even expect it. But I know how crucial it is for ladies to examine their breast on a uniform frequency.”
BCNA serves cancer strugglers and their loved ones to take accurate and couth choices regarding treatment. BCNA also allows the sufferer to associate with more people like them and learn about their experience. A total of 16,050 Australians are diagnosed and expected to have breast cancer this year, of whom 99% are women. Ms Buttrose said, “the important thing for people who have had a diagnosis of cancer is to know that BCNA is there and it presents services so you don’t go through the journey alone.”
Megan James, two times breast cancer survivor and network’s board member, also shared her experience at the lunch. Her first diagnosis was in 1996, when she was 30, and next after 16 years, in 2012.
Network’s CEO, Christine Nolan, Canberra’s McGrath breast care nurse, Kerryn Ernst, and some cancer strugglers united in the Gandel Hall for lunch.