Joan McAlpine, SNP MSP for South Scotland added a dash of pink to her usual attire to support Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink fundraiser, which takes place on Friday 18 October.
Since launching in 2002, wear it pink has had an enormous impact on the lives of those affected by breast cancer, raising over £33 million to date. Joan McAlpine is calling for her constituents to join her, by signing up for wear it pink and helping to fund world-class breast cancer research and life changing support for those affected by the disease.
Breast Cancer Now supporters Alison Tait and Jane O’Neill, who have both been affected by breast cancer, joined Joan McAlpine at the Scottish Parliament.
Alison Tait, 49 from Edinburgh, is a single parent living with incurable secondary breast cancer. Commenting on why she is supporting this year’s wear it pink day she said:
‘“Being diagnosed with secondary breast cancer turns your world upside down. Breast Cancer Now does incredible work that makes a real difference for people like me who are living with this disease.
“In May 2018, I helped Breast Cancer Now to launch the Perjeta Now campaign in Scotland. It successfully made this extraordinary drug routinely available to women in Scotland living with incurable secondary breast cancer – giving them nearly 16 months of extra life compared to other treatments.
“Fundraising events like wear it pink help to support Breast Cancer Now’s invaluable work and I would like to encourage people across Scotland to get involved and donate what you can.”
Joan McAlpine MSP, said:
“Every year in Scotland, around 4,700 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and over 1,000 women die of the disease.
That’s why I’m encouraging my constituents to take part in Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day on Friday 18 October.
“The money raised by this wonderful event has such a huge impact, allowing Breast Cancer Now to fund vital research and support for those living with a diagnosis. I hope that everybody will wear it pink this October and support this very important cause.”
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, said:
“Breast cancer still affects so many of us, and our goal as a charity is that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and be supported to live well. The money raised from wear it pink is so crucial to this helping us to fund vital breast cancer research and support for those affected by the disease.
“We hope that by wearing pink, Joan McAlpine will encourage more people to wear it pink in on 18 October and help us to continue to fund vital breast cancer research and support.”
Anyone can take part in wear it pink. Some people will choose to hold a cake sale, while others will opt to organise a raffle and some will arrange a pink fancy dress day at their school or workplace. No matter how people chose to wear it pink, all the money raised will help to fund vital breast cancer research and support.
Wear it pink on 18 October and raise funds for breast cancer research and support. Visit wearitpink.org to register and claim your free fundraising pack.
About Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now:
Breast Cancer Now is a working name of Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, a charity registered in England and Wales (1160558) and Scotland (SC045584).
Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now have merged to create one charity for everyone affected by breast cancer, united by the shared ambition that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and receive the support they need to live well.
About Breast Cancer Now:
· Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity.
· Breast cancer is still the most common cancer in the UK. Every year, around 4,700 women in Scotland are diagnosed with breast cancer and over 1,000 people lose their lives to the disease. It’s time to act.
· Breast Cancer Now funds around a third of all breast cancer research happening in the UK. The charity currently supports nearly 380 of the world’s brightest researchers across the UK and Ireland. Together, they’re working to discover how to prevent breast cancer, how to detect it earlier and how to treat it effectively at every stage so we can stop the disease taking lives.
· Last year, Breast Cancer Now committed over £16 million to cutting-edge research projects, including almost £400,000 to three new studies in Scotland. To date, Breast Cancer Now has invested over £15 million in world-class breast cancer research in Scotland. · For more information on Breast Cancer Now’s work, visit breastcancernow.org or follow us on Twitter or on Facebook.
About Breast Cancer Care:
· Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK wide charity providing support for women, men, family and friends affected by breast cancer. We’ve been caring for them, supporting them, and campaigning on their behalf since 1973.
· Today, Breast Cancer Care continues to offer a unique range of support including reliable information, one-to-one support over the phone and online from nurses and people who’ve been there. They also offer local group support across the UK.
· From the moment someone notices something isn’t right, through to their treatment and beyond, Breast Cancer Care is there to help anyone affected by breast cancer feel more in control.
· For care, support and information from day one, call Breast Cancer Care free on 0808 800 6000 or visit breastcancercare.org.uk. Follow us on twitter, facebook or Instagram