Breast Cancer is the second most common cancer in Australia.
Converting their loss into a cause, the MacKinnon brood now helps other families living with breast cancer.
Formidable coach and beloved member of United Hockey Club Chris MacKinnon lost her battle with breast cancer in 2013. Since then, family and friends held the Chris MacKinnon Memorial Weekend to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and survivorship. Since its inception, the event has raised over $45,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
What started as a small community gathering now attracts hundreds of hockey enthusiasts and breast cancer warriors from neighboring cities. This just goes to show just how much MacKinnon’s journey made an impact on so many people. Certainly, the overwhelming support has been a form of comfort for the MacKinnon family.
Chris is survived by her husband and three children.
Hockey Clubs from neighboring communities flocked to the National Hockey Centre in Lyneham last weekend for the 5th Annual Chris MacKinnon Memorial. It was a sea of pink as teams arrived in their best pink gear to show support for the cause. The event started with an inaugural breakfast followed by activities such as auctions and of course, the games. It was a family friendly, fun filled day for all participants.
The Cranberra community is well aware how many members are now in the same battle as Chris. More than raising money, the event was about spreading awareness and showing support for those who are now her shoes.
We at Breast Cancer Football Gear love supporting home grown events such as the Chris MacKinnon Memorial Weekend. It is a way to give honor to the memory of fallen loved one and give back to the community at the same time.
Indeed, one person cannot stop this disease alone. We must all work together towards it’s end.