New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation
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Could Aspirin provide a breakthrough?

A record result for May’s Pink Ribbon Breakfast will help fund exciting new breast cancer research. 

Over 2500 breakfasts helped raise around $1.1 million dollars, a tenfold increase since the first Pink Ribbon Breakfast fundraising campaign in 2008. 

Aspirin and genetic testing are hot areas for breast cancer research so the NZBCF has recently committed Pink Ribbon Breakfast funds to two innovative research projects.

For an update on the latest NZBCF funded research



  Breast cancer in the family 

There has been a lot of media coverage recently about family history and breast cancer, or an inherited genetic mutation. A familial gene can significantly increase a woman's risk of the disease.

To help explain what this means, we've answered some FAQ’s.


  Hope for severe lymphoedema  



The NZBCF recently funded training in Sydney for two NZ breast surgeons on a new technique aimed at relieving the effects of life-debilitating lymphoedema.  

This new form of liposuction is currently offered in Australia to severly affected women. It's hoped that NZ, subject to health funding, will soon offer the surgery to women here and that other surgeons around the country will be trained in this effective new technique.  

Image: Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy


News, Views and Events

•  Doing good in your hood   Often people like to know how their charitable donation is helping women in their own community.See how the NZBCF is working to make a difference in your region, from the Pink Caravan breast nurses visiting small towns to providing free counselling for anyone with breast cancer regardless of where they live.  SEE WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES

•  The Pink Star Walk is back! Despite being recently diagnosed with breast cancer, Claire Gallagher took part last October helping to raise $4078 and says ‘I thought it was a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of breast cancer; especially in younger women like me.’ Please join us in either Wellington, Auckland or Christchurch for this year’s Estée Lauder Companies Pink Star Walk. Proceeds will fund breast cancer research and help support the eight women a day like Claire, diagnosed with breast cancer. BUY OCTOBER TICKETS

•  Gift your skills: Volunteer! It’s National Volunteer Week where the selfless impact of good sorts is recognised throughout New Zealand. Thank you to everyone who’s generously given their time and skills to the NZBCF.  Volunteering offers a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and support a worthy cause.  Over 80% of NZBCF volunteers rate their experience as either good or very good when they’ve helped us! CHECK OUT NZBCF ROLES HERE

•  A new Pink Ribbon Breakfast record. Thank you to everyone who hosted, sponsored or attended one of the 2500 Pink Ribbon Breakfasts in May.  Cafes helped boost the result this year so a big THANKS to Sierra and Robert Harris too. FIND YOUR EVENT HERE

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Thanks for your continued support in 2015.