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24 Oct 2016

Pink Ribbon Day at the San

Pink Ribbon Day was celebrated at the San to support Australian women and men affected by breast and gynaecological cancers.

Doctors, nurses, carers, staff from Breast Screen NSW and San Radiology, the San Day Infusion Centre and San Cancer Support and patients affected by cancer came for the morning tea held in the Healing Garden of the San Integrated Cancer Centre.

CEO Philip Currie started the event by thanking the original custodians of the land while Director of Mission and Culture, AHCL, Branimir Schubert gave the blessings.

Mr Currie thanked the Federal Member for Bradfield Mr Paul Fletcher and other dignitaries for supporting the cause and spoke of the importance of Pink Ribbon Day.

“The pink ribbon is an international symbol of support for women with breast and other gynaecological cancers particularly relevant during October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In Australia it is the Cancer Council nationwide celebration and fundraising day that gives anyone touched by cancer the chance for us to come together and remember with words and symbolism those who have battled cancer, celebrate those who have survived, and inspire those who are still being treated.”

Mr Currie said that treating and caring for people with cancer is a priority/focus of what we do at the San.

“In the same way our hospital has grown consistently from 1903 to meet changing community healthcare demands (this area we are standing on used to be the vegetable gardens and dairy supplying patient meals) our cancer services have also grown.”

Federal Member for Bradfield Mr Paul Fletcher said that San is an institution which operates with great compassion, backed by great expertise and world leading technology.

“There is community wide effort that occurs in so many ways to combat breast cancer and the San is at the forefront of that effort.”

Breast Cancer patient Victoria Brown, who is also running for San Run for Life, shared her story of fighting with cancer and coming out a victor.

“I am thankful for all the people who work here [at the hospital]. You are brilliant at what you do and you had such a positive impact on my life. I felt supported for and cared by everyone that I encountered at the San along the way and for that I am truly thankful.”

At the end of the event, Pink Lady silhouettes were planted and pink balloons were released to commemorate and inspire people affected by cancer.

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