There is something indescribable about the bond you have with your best friend.
They are someone to confide in, share hysterical fits of laughter with and to support in moments of sheer joy and complete devastation.
Now imagine that best friend was equipped to help you if you found yourself in the ultimate battle – against breast cancer.
They are the McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurses, and with breast cancer being the number one cancer diagnosed for women across the country, one day you might need a friend just like them.
McGrath Foundation founders Glenn and Jane McGrath found out first-hand how positive and empowering the cancer treatment process can be when you venture through the journey with the guidance of a breast care nurse.
Jane was just 31 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer and after her initial recovery, was inspired to create a foundation that could make a difference to the one in eight Australian women of all ages and backgrounds who are affected by the disease.
But it wasn’t until she was re-diagnosed and had access to a breast care nurse for the first time that she realised the power of having someone on your side who was not only medically trained but who could speak to you as a friend and clear up any confusion about complicated treatments and processes.
“It was like having someone hold my hand through one of the worst nightmares of my life. My breast care nurse allowed me to be Jane McGrath – the friend, the mother and the wife – not just the breast cancer patient.”
Before she passed away in 2008, Jane made one of the foundation’s missions to raise money to place breast care nurses in communities around the country.
There are now 110 McGrath Breast Care Nurses working in metro, regional and rural communities free of charge throughout Australia and the foundation aims to fund a new nurse every year.
This is undoubtedly a huge success and part of that success is thanks to the amazing support The McGrath Foundation receives from its partners, companies like BP, who have supported the Foundation’s quest since 2013, providing the organisation with more than $1 million for vital McGrath nurses and this year is no exception.
This October, as we mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there is no better time to support the priceless work of the McGrath Foundation and to boost the number of nurses so that more women faced with the uncertainty and emotional turmoil surrounding a cancer diagnosis can undergo their treatment journey with a McGrath nurse by their side and BP is making it easy for you to help.
The Australia’s Most Powerful Fuel initiative will see BP donate a percentage of all fuel sales until Sunday October 9. So by simply choosing to refuel or shop at BP, you will be making a difference to hundreds of Australians as you help to bring breast cancer patients and their families together with McGrath nurses.
Our very own Jody took part in the campaign launch, by driving a leg of the month-long trip across the Australian Eastern Seaboard to spread awareness of this worthy cause and to meet some of the McGrath nurses and their patients.
The support of a McGrath nurse can substantially improve a patient’s quality of care because they have one main source of information and contact throughout their treatment plan and their presence can greatly reduce the stress and trauma of a breast cancer diagnoses for the patient and their family.
Tasmanian woman Annette Zuydam said she couldn’t have gone through her two-year battle without her breast care nurse, Tracey.
“Throughout this whole rollercoaster she has been my rock my confidante, my library, my hero,” she said.
It is a disease that does not discriminate. It can affect grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters and friends.
Let’s do what we can this October to spread awareness of breast cancer and help to boost the number of McGrath nurses so they can continue their invaluable work.