Sea of pink hoists sail to keep breast cancer fight afloat
By RACHEL AFFLICK
BYRON Bay woman Barbara Pinter is more than just 'another statistic.'
She is one of the 13,000 Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer each year. But she is also a mother, and a survivor.
Barbara, who has been fighting breast cancer for six years, shared her story when she joined in yesterday's Pink Ribbon Day event at Byron Bay's Railway Park. She was diagnosed in 2001.
With no access to radiation treatment locally, she made the difficult decision to leave her children with their dad and move to Brisbane.
When she wasn't on the phone with the kids helping them with homework, Barbara underwent an intense regime of treatments, ranging from chemotherapy and radiation to 'the whole swagger' of complimentary therapies.
She also had a mastectomy a difficult choice but 'the right one', when it turned out the cancer had spread to the whole of her breast.
"It was a very challenging time, but luckily I've got family and good friends who were there for me."
Now after successfully completing her treatment, Barbara has returned to Byron Bay where she has started the Byron Bay Breast Cancer Support Group. She is also involved every year with Pink Ribbon Day, which aims to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. Yesterday's event in Byron Bay saw Railway Park turn 'pink'.
One hundred pink silhouettes were displayed, representing the 13,000 Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer.
A blue silhouette also represented the 100 men diagnosed each year.
A three-metre long art installation made from bras and jocks also featured on the day. Made by local artists Mesha Sendyk and the Bangalow CWA, the installation represented the fact breast cancer affects women and men of all shapes and sizes.