Local PinkLink member and breast cancer survivor, SueEllen Yates was among nearly 300 breast cancer survivors who joined forces in Sydney recently for a national breast cancer summit hosted by Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA).
SueEllen who represented PinkLink Support at the National Summit, said: “The National Summit offered information and inspiration as well as some practical ideas and resources to take back to the Bega Valley/Merimbula/Pambula community. Local breast cancer groups are a great source of support for women dealing with breast cancer, and are powered by local survivors who volunteer their own time.”
The BCNA National Summit 2013, August 8-9, brought together hundreds of women from across Australia who are breast cancer support leaders in their local communities. BCNA CEO Maxine Morand described the women as, “the heart of our national support network.”
“They give so much to their local communities. It’s a privilege to work with them and help build their capacity to continue supporting women and families affected by breast cancer around Australia,” Maxine said.
The theme for BCNA’s National Summit was Support, Connect, and Grow. Delegates heard from some of Australia’s leading breast cancer experts on the latest in treatment, care and peer support. They also had an invaluable opportunity to network, share their experiences, and learn from each other.
The National Summit focused on practical issues and aimed to build women’s skills in running sustainable and effective support groups. Session topics included living with the effects of breast cancer, the impact of a diagnosis on families, and dealing with loss and grief. There was also a talk by Olympian and BCNA Ambassador Raelene Boyle.
For further information about the local PinkLink support group contact SueEllen Yates 0457 794 939 or Jenny Garner (Breast Care Nurse) 0409 607 974 or visit www.bcna.org.au.