Awareness campaign for women’s cancers

Jennifer Sopp, Emma Reynolds and Belinda Stewart with Emma's mums bears. d421734
Jennifer Sopp, Emma Reynolds and Belinda Stewart with Emma's mums bears. d421734

The toys and blankets are some of the legacies Carol Reed left to her daughter, grandchildren and friends before dying in 2011, after a seven-year fight with breast and ovarian cancers.

One of her other legacies sees Mrs Reynolds and Carol’s friend Jennifer Sopp and her daughter Belinda Stewart organise a fundraiser each year for women’s cancer in her honour.

‘Our aim is to make people body aware and if they notice any changes that don’t seem right, get them checked out by your GP,’ Mrs Reynolds said.

Just before her mother’s passing, Mrs Reynolds discovered she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation, which makes her at a higher risk of developing ovarian and breast cancers.

Her mother also carried the same gene mutation. Mrs Reynolds has since had preventative surgery to reduce her risk of developing ovarian cancer and is regularly screened for breast cancer.

Spreading the message of early detection and body awareness pushes Mrs Reynolds to help co-ordinate the Girls Night In fundraiser.

Mrs Sopp said the event, which will be attended by about 180 women this October, aimed to support women battling the disease with funds raised going to the Cancer Council WA.

Donate to: info@wrappedinperth.com.au