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Listen to Hollie Smith's touching tribute to her friend Helena McAlpine

Last September musician Hollie Smith lost her best friend, Helena McAlpine, to breast cancer. A year before, Hollie wrote the song 'Helena' for her terminally ill friend, and played it at her wedding. 

When Helena's health started to deteriorate, Hollie pulled favours to get the studio version of the song finished. She played the song to Helena on Wednesday September 23rd, 2015. Later that day, Helena took her last breath. Hollie lost her best friend.

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  Looking for support and friendship?Dragon boating could be the answer


In 1996, Dr Don Mackenzie proved that strenuous upper body exercise can help women recover from breast cancer surgery. Since then, boatloads of breast cancer survivors have been getting together for exercise, camaraderie, and a bit of healthy competition.

Dragon boating creates communities of women who share similar experiences, allowing them to forge support networks and strong friendships. What's more, it's changing the way society thinks about cancer and chronic disease.

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  150,000 Kiwi women should be getting mammograms, but aren't



Regular mammograms decrease your risk of dying from breast cancer by 39%. Despite that, only 71% of eligible women are getting them regularly.

If you're between the ages of 45 and 69, you should be getting free mammograms every two years.

If you're under 45 or over 69, it gets a little more complicated.

Find out whether you should be having mammograms


News, Views and Events

•  Trek El Camino to support NZ women living with breast cancer  The NZBCF is taking its Pink Ribbon Trek to Spain, to walk the ancient El Camino de Santiago. From Sarria to Santiago, you'll trek under the shade of old oak trees and through peaceful hamlets, following the footsteps of pilgrims, Romans, and the Knights Templar. Best of all, with every step you'll raise vital funds to prevent women developing and dying from breast cancer. Find out more.

•  Pink Ribbon Breakfasts are back!  In 2015 over 2,600 kiwis hosted Pink Ribbon Breakfasts and raised over a million dollars for breast cancer research. You can host your breakfast at home, work, school, or even take over the man cave, or head along to your favourite participating cafe or restaurant. It's great to have Kiwi Bacon back for a second year, and new sponsor Meadow Mushrooms joining the team. Let's make 2016 bigger and pinker than ever before! Register now.

•  Announcing our new schools collaboration This year, the NZBCF will collaborate with high schools to deliver breast health education to young women in years 12 and 13. Our aim is to communicate healthy lifestyle and breast awareness messages as well as sharing with the students the important work we do as an organisation. Register your school

•  Charity cricket match a huge success! A huge thank you to everyone who got behind the charity curtain-raiser at the NZ White Ferns T20 match. Sarah "Hilly"Loghnane-Hill rustled up past and present Wellington Blaze players from around New Zealand & across the Tasman to support one of their own, Margaret "Squirty" Presland, who was diagnosed last year. With the support of Wellington Cricket & other generous donors, they raised $16,000 for the NZBCF! 

Tell us what type of stories you'd like to read in your Pink Ribbon Express. We'd love your feedback.

Email your comments or story ideas here.

Thanks for your continued support in 2016.  

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