Local cricket clubs turn pink for breast cancer support – Bay 93.9

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Some local cricketers will be wearing pink on Saturday for a good cause.

It’s Pink Stumps Day which raises money and awareness for the McGrath Foundation which supports those with breast cancer.

The fundraising initiative is now in its 11th year, and the Foundation currently funds 135 breast care nurses.

Breast care nurse at Geelong’s Andrew Love Cancer Centre Michelle Edwards who is one of two in the region says they provide a range of emotional and physical support.

“Our role is to help navigate processes, simplify care, work out appointment profiles for them, and make sure they’re able to get on with their lives in the best way possible while they’re still having their treatment”.

One in seven women will be  diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia in their lifetime, with 19,000 people diagnosed each year.

According to Ms Edwards they have seen around 2,500 patients since they started in 2009, and around 250 each year, and not all of them are women.

“They estimate about 164 men to be diagnosed Australia-wide with breast cancer this year, and we probably have three or four of these men here on an annual basis. We look after them the same way as the women,” she said.

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath who helped set up the Foundation with his late wife Jane will be in the region for the day.

He will attend two Pink Stumps Day cricket matches at Lara and Geelong Cricket clubs, who have collectively raised over $100,000 since 2012 and 2015 for the Foundation.

Picture: Glenn McGrath [McGrath Foundation]

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