There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t feel grateful that I’m healthy; where I don’t look at my family and feel overwhelmed with gratitude that they’re all healthy too. Our health is everything and it’s not until we lose it, that we realise how much we valued it. We forget how precious it is to be alive...
In 2017, 49 people are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer every day in Australia. Think about that for a moment, 49 people. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women, with 1 in 8 being diagnosed before the age of 85. The stats are shockingly high. Always be grateful for your health, and always admire those saints who help people who do not have their full health. Saints such as the McGrath Foundation’s specialist breast care nurses. What do these inspiring women do? They essentially provide invaluable physical, psychological and emotional support from the time of diagnosis, and throughout treatment. Now I might not have ever needed a McGrath Breast Care Nurse, but I have needed nurses before and I’m sure you have too. Both my children were born prematurely and spent time in the special care ward in hospital. I left with utter admiration for the nurses who cared for my babies and for me. My heart is filled with so much gratitude for what they did for me. That was just a few weeks of my life. Imagine how important this support would be if you were diagnosed with breast cancer? I’m not the only one who finds wonder in nurses and there are wonderful people out there doing fantastic work to fund the need for more nurses. This July, inspired by the work and dedication of McGrath Breast Care Nurses, BP will be sharing the personal stories of nurses around Australia to help raise awareness and drive donations throughout the month of July (we are thrilled to be sharing a nurse’s story on the site soon). What does BP want to achieve? Firstly, they want to celebrate the work these nurses do and the impact they’ve had. They also want to highlight the thousands of families that still need this type of support and raise money so that the McGrath Foundation can get the support it needs to place nurses in communities in need. As of today, 79 more McGrath Breast Care Nurses are needed across the country to ensure that every family experiencing breast cancer has access to this specialist support. To further help the cause this year, from 6-12 July, BP will be donating a portion of all fuel sales to the McGrath Foundation. So, just be filling up this week you can support the work of the McGrath Breast Care Nurses. This is the fifth-year BP has partnered with the McGrath Foundation to support the vital work of its McGrath Breast Care Nurses. To date, BP has raised over $1.2 million to help the Foundation. The McGrath Foundation’s work is phenomenal and it’s so easy to get involved. Just fill up your car and donate. And remember, it’s the little things that make a big difference.
Here’s what you need to know and how you can make a difference:
From July 6-12, BP will be donating a portion of all fuel sales to the McGrath Foundation. By filling up during fuel donation week, motorists will be supporting the work of McGrath Breast Care Nurses. You can also donate at participating BP stores directly to the McGrath Foundation with your fuel or shop purchase. For more information, go to www.bp.com | To donate, go to www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au | Image: Jenna Louise Potter