Maree McBurney and Debbie Moss.
Maree McBurney and Debbie Moss. The Northern Star

Breakfast raises funds for breast cancer

WHEN Maree McBurney's sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago, it was the devastation which inspired the South Lismore woman to 'do her bit for the cause'.

Yesterday, Ms McBurney held her third annual Pink Ribbon fundraising breakfast at her home, where more than 40 people turned up to support her efforts.

Dressed in pink, bearing pink cakes decorated with pink balloons, and surrounded by pink teddy bears, the breakfast party played games and focused on the happy times as they raised money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the lead-up to Pink Ribbon Day today.

“We're just trying to do our little bit,” Ms McBurney said.

“Being so close to someone who has [breast cancer] has made it even more important to us.

“Our friends, family, work colleagues and neighbours have all been really supportive of the cause.”

Ms McBurney's sister-in-law, Debbie Moss, of Goonellabah, said it was that support which had kept her going through the tough times.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer about five years ago, and after undergoing treatment and going into remission, the cancer reoccurred about 12 months ago.

She is now undergoing further treatment at Lismore Base Hospital.

“The support from family and friends is just terrific,” Ms Moss said.

“It is the little events like these and the support from people that keep you going through the hard times. It means a lot to me that I have that.”

Family friend Bec Osborne, of Alstonville, was among the 40-plus people at the breakfast yesterday.

She said every fundraising event was important in the search for a cure for cancer.

“Debbie has been a close family friend for a long time,” Ms Osborne said.

“She's been through it all. These events are certainly important. The money is needed so we can continue to search for a cure.”

Today is Pink Ribbon Day, which aims to spread the word about the importance of research and provides an opportunity for community members to raise vital funds for breast cancer research.

Last year, more than 7900 events Australia-wide raised more than $3 million.

This year's national target is $4 million.

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