A BREAST Power fundraiser at Joondalup Resort this Saturday seeks to repay the support Breast Cancer Care WA has given Louise Marsh.
The Wanneroo resident was diagnosed with cancer in her right breast and lymph node last November and has been through chemotherapy, had two surgeries and is now getting radiotherapy.
Her daughter Nat Reid said it startled their family, as they had no history of breast cancer or any other cancer cases.
“Mum has been amazing through it all – she is the bravest and strongest person I know and she has tackled it with a smile on her face most days,” the Merriwa resident said.
“Chemo started straight away and after the first session the hair started to fall out – she decided to get a hairdresser to shave it all off and then decided to embrace the sexy bald head determined to kick cancer’s ass.”
Mrs Reid said after the initial shock, they and her mother’s friends Deb Pogmore and Nat Jordayne decided to hold a fundraiser.
“What started with the idea of having a backyard party raising some much needed money has escalated into a fundraiser hosting 100 people at the beautiful Joondalup Resort,” she said.
“We have had so much support from companies including the resort itself, along with donations for prizes from local small businesses, friends and personal donations.
“We chose to donate all our profits to Breast Cancer Care WA as they receive no government funding.
“They have been amazing with mum right from the beginning, helping her out with emotional and financial help along the way.
“They go to her appointments if she wants; they offer her advice; they explain the specialist’s way of talking if she didn’t understand; they help with her shopping and even had a cleaner come round when she was going through chemo.
“It is these kinds of things that anyone going through this horrible thing in their life needs and all these things are not possible without the lovely WA community donating.”
They have encouraged people to dress up in medical uniforms, such as doctors and nurses, or wear pink or purple at the September 22 fundraiser, and have planned entertainment, raffles, auctions and games.
What: Breast Cancer Care WA fundraiser – Breast Power
When: Saturday, September 22 from 7pm to midnight
Where: Joondalup Resort, Country Club Boulevard, Connolly
Cost: $55 a ticket
Bookings: Click here.