Caboolture local makes a date to beat women’s cancers in pink!
When Margaret McKean was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 she didn’t know if she’d be here today to tell her story.
After caring for her husband during his battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and losing her father to oesophageal cancer, Mrs McKean faced her own battle, and her journey was far from over.
Not long after completing her breast cancer treatment, Mrs McKean faced the devastating news that she had uterine cancer.
But she defied the odds – and is now determined to use her cancer experience to make a difference in the lives of others touched by the disease.
With the help of her employer Woolworths, Mrs McKean will paint the town pink next month in support of Cancer Council Queensland’s Pink campaign.
From Monday, October 19 – Friday, October 23, 11 Woolworths’ stores across the Caboolture area will unite in the fight against women’s cancers.
“All staff will dress up in their pink finest and raise vital funds and awareness for women’s cancers, in the hope that one day we can beat this disease,” Mrs McKean said.
“All attire will be labelled with my ‘New Beginnings’ logo, something my daughter designed for me during my cancer diagnosis – it’s a butterfly with a breast cancer symbol – a symbol of my cancer journey.”
Mrs McKean will also host a Girls’ Night In event, held on Saturday, October 24 at St Lawrence’s Anglican Church Caboolture (165 King Street, Caboolture) from 6pm.
“I extend a special invite to all ladies to come along for a lovely night out – there will be nibbles on offer and a selection of local jewellery and party planning vendors,” Mrs McKean said.
“It’s going to be a really fun night for an important cause. Cancer is something that touches us all in one way or another so please come along and show your support.”
A gold coin donation to Mrs McKean’s Girls’ Night In event is required upon entry.
Cancer Council Queensland Regional Fundraising Coordinator Esther Attewell thanked Ms McKean for her dedication to Queensland women.
“Events like this allow Cancer Council to work across every aspect of women’s cancers, from research, to prevention, support and advocacy,” Ms Attewell said.
“This year alone, around 4200 Queensland women will be diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer and around 850 will die from these women’s cancers.
“This month provides a great opportunity to reach out to your loved ones – ask about their health, encourage them to get screened, lend a helping hand or be a listening ear.
“Simply get the girls together for a fun night in and donate what you would normally spend on a night out – your contribution will support women impacted by cancer through funding Cancer Council Queensland’s vital work in women’s cancers research, education and patient support services.”
This year Cancer Council Queensland aims to raise $1.9 million through Girls’ Night In, including Pink fundraising events.
This October, you can support the fight against women’s cancers by registering to host a Girls’ Night In fundraiser, pink event or purchasing merchandise on the official Pink Ribbon Day (October 26).
For more information about Girls’ Night In, visit www.girlsnightin.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at www.cancerqld.org.au or Cancer Council’s 13 11 20.