Op may have saved life

Pat O’ Connell, Mandy Morgan-Jones and Michelle Meinen posing with the  painting donated by Nyungar artist Kevin Bynder.
Pat O’ Connell, Mandy Morgan-Jones and Michelle Meinen posing with the painting donated by Nyungar artist Kevin Bynder.

In 2013, she had both breasts removed to reduce her chances of breast cancer developing.

After the operation doctors discovered, in the tissue they had removed, a large mass of mutating cells had already begun forming.

Mrs Morgan-Jones’ decision to undergo the preventative operation was immediately justified.

Had it not been for research identifying her as a high-risk breast cancer candidate, she may never have opted for the treatment.

Those mutating cells could have had fatal consequences.

The Edgewater resident remains ever grateful, which has motivated her to complete a 60-km walk with friends Pat O’ Connell and Michelle Meinen to raise funds for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research as part of the Weekend to End Women’s Cancer on March 28 and 29.

The trio is hoping to raise more than $6000 with the help of a special Aboriginal painting donated by Nyungar artist Kevin Bynder.

Mr Bynder dedicated the artwork, which features the breast cancer awareness ribbon amidst traditional indigenous forms, to ‘all the females who have suffered or passed by this deadly disease’.

The team is accepting sealed bid donations for the canvas-framed piece up until March 28.

To make a general donation, visit www.endcancer.org.au and click donate.

Search for the team ‘Pink Genes’ when prompted.