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Karen Hitchings

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YOLO - Living Life for The Living Centre

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Hello family and friends, 

 

On the 16th of February 2012 my world was turned upside down when I was told that, at the age of 43, I had breast cancer, a disease to which I had already lost my grandmother and which my mum had also recently been diagnosed with.  Three generations of women, one disease.

 

Nothing can really prepare you for hearing those words but two long years down the road and feeling healthy again I know that I got through this experience with the love and support of family and friends and with the assistance of wonderful services such as The Living Centre in Melbourne's St Kilda Road.

 

Opened in July 2010, The Living Centre is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to providing emotional, practical and physical support to women and men diagnosed with breast cancer, their families and carers.  At The Living Centre the focus of all the programs and activities is on wellness not illness and their comprehensive program of services includes many which are unique and not available elsewhere.

The Living Centre is truly a sanctuary for patients providing a safe, nurturing, non-clinical environment where they have highly qualified and trained breast care nurses on staff to provide professional counselling and advice on coping strategies.  In addition to their own staff, they also have a dedicated group of volunteer professional therapists and facilitators who provide a range of services dealing with practical issues such as hair loss, wig fitting, relationship issues, getting back to work and a host of others.

The Living Centre is run solely as a charitable organisation in conjunction with The Think Pink Foundation and our dream is to eventually open a Living Centre in every capital city of Australia.

 

On Sunday the 2nd of March this year I have set myself the challenge of completing The Great Ocean Walk, a spectacular coastal hike that runs from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles, a distance of 104 kilometres.  With a group of mad friends (otherwise known as Team YOLO...You Only Live Once - Susan Williams, Sandy Whittington, Victoria Serfozo, Cinzia Mucciante, Mick Penwill, Russ Breguet, Sue DeLaRue) to encourage me on each sector along the way I plan on completing the hike over 6 days, finishing at the 12 Apostles on Saturday 08th of March.

 

I'm so excited by this challenge and hope that you will support me and the brave friends who have volunteered with me to raise money for The Think Pink Foundation.   We will welcome any contribution, great or small, that you could make!

 

Donations made through this platform are secure and will be remitted directly through to The Think Pink Foundation. 

 

Thanks so much for your support.  

Whilst life can sometimes be a journey it's most important to also make sure it's an adventure! 

YOLO :-)

With love,

Karen

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    The Think Pink Foundation

    The Think Pink Foundation is an independent, volunteer based charity that dedicates its efforts and the funds it raises to provides physical, psychological and emotional support for people diagnosed with breast cancer.
     
    The Foundation proudly supports breast cancer patients through its unique state-of-the-art, independent and non-clinical facility called The Living Centre where the focus is on wellness rather than illness. The Living Centre provides holistic support totally free of charge to patients, their families and carers at any stage of their journey with breast cancer including wig bank, therapeutic massage, yoga and counseling with our highly experienced and qualified Breast Care Nurse.We also have a "Supporting Blokes" program of group sessions specifically designed to support the partners of Breast Cancer patients. 
     
    No doubt, you too have been touched by the effects of breast cancer. If not a member of your family, you will know of someone’s mother, daughter, sister, wife or best friend who has been affected. One in eight Australian women will be diagnosed in their lifetime which means approximately16,100 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer nationally this year. One per cent of all cases diagnosed will be men.
     
    Whilst research is continuing in the quest for a cure, there are very real needs for those women and men now living the fight for survival. When you are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy, it’s hard to hold down a job. The bills continue to roll in. The struggle to live is compounded by the struggle to survive, we are raising funds to set up a Pink Fund where people with breast cancer can send us their bills and we help them with emergency grants. It will take a lot of people like you to help us help them.
     
    People who live in the country have the added challenges of coming to the city for treatment, Think Pink has a beautiful two bedroom apartment on site for families undergoing treatment which is available to VPTAS qualified patients free of charge (bookings essential). Simply put, the Think Pink Foundation enables a better journey through breast cancer.
     
    Thank you for your help.

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