What is the value of a Breast Cancer Nurse?
Australia – When Jane McGrath battled breast cancer, she recognized the value of having an experienced breast cancer nurse by her side. Her nurse supported her and her family throughout their journey by providing them with physical, psychological and emotional support during her ordeal. Until her demise in 2008, Jane’s nurse remained by her side.
As the wife of one of Australia’s beloved Cricket players, Jane’s public battle against breast cancer highlighted the importance of breast care nurses. This is the main reason for the establishment of the McGrath Foundation which aims to provide physical, emotional and psychological support to survivors and their families for free. From the time of diagnosis to resolution, the McGrath Breast Cancer Nurse will be by their side.
The McGrath Foundation currently has 120 nurses placed across the country. They are strategically placed in rural areas, where treatment and support may be hard to find. By simply going to their website, a survivor can find the nearest breast cancer nurse and seek their help. The foundation helps people from both the private and public health care system.
Since their inception, the Foundation has helped over 64,000 families.
However, more still need the support of Breast Cancer Nurses. This is the reason why continuing efforts to fund and train new nurses are always underway. Donors from both the private and public sectors, fundraising events and product sales are what keeps the foundation afloat today.
One of the foundation’s biggest supporters – the Quirindi Rugby Club – has recently hosted a fundraising event for the McGrath Foundation. The Ladies Day Fundraiser is set to be one amazing event all in support of Tamworth Hospital’s Breast Cancer Nurse Program.
They have has witnessed firsthand the benefits of having a breast cancer nurse in their community. According to event organizer Sophie McKenzie, the presence of a breast cancer nurse can greatly empower and help survivors. “We wanted to do something that would support women in regional areas and the Tamworth breast care nurse position has only recently been advertised and promoted,” she said.
Currently, there are very few trained individuals within their health community. This is the reason why the Quirindi Rugby Club is doing their best to raise money for the cause. They will be going against the Gunnedah Red Devils in the first-grade game. The boys will be sporting special pink socks to show their support for the cause.
Games, raffles and other fun events will also be held for attendees.