The Ararat Breast Cancer Support Group with the support of the Ararat Grease Monkeys have donated $11,740.00 for two new Oncology chairs at East Grampians Health Service.
Mrs Bev Walker, one of the facilitators of the Ararat Breast Support Group said ‘We are absolutely delighted to be able to help the oncology unit out from the proceeds of last year’s Pink Ribbon Day in October, we have been fundraising for the last two years and we are thrilled that the Ararat Grease Monkeys who are local group of car enthusiasts supported our cause too.”
Mrs Walker commented that part of the of the Ararat Breast Support group mission is to support people with cancer and to help out wherever they can by either proving morning tea, lunch or someone to support them.
Mrs Walker highlighted that their group also offers support to women with breast cancer and their families by providing regular meetings, telephone support, social occasions and practical assistance. “East Grampians Health Service Breast Care Nurse, Sarah Carter works closely with the Ararat Breast Cancer Support Group and is great resource for them,” she said
East Grampians Health Service Chief Executive, Mr Nick Bush thanked the Ararat Breast Support Group for their commitment and assistance that they provide to anyone undertaking treatment in Oncology and to the Ararat community.
Ms Carter emphasized that regular screening mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, often before any symptoms are noticed and when treatment is likely to be most successful. It must be at least two years since your last BreastScreen mammogram, and at least twelve months if you have had a diagnostic mammogram (from GP referral).
If you have a breast symptom or any breast changes, please consult with your local doctor. A doctor’s referral is not required for the bus trip and both the bus trip and mammogram are free.
Mrs Walker said “the Ararat Breast support group would be holding their next fundraising event on Thursday 26th May where they are hosting the biggest morning tea the Ararat Bowls club, for further information you contact Bev on 5352 1604”