Elaine McIntosh, Kathy Nielsen and Kelsey Kane.
Elaine McIntosh, Kathy Nielsen and Kelsey Kane. Mike Richardsglapldy

How can you help?

HOW are you helping the national fight against cancer?

This month is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and you don't have to look far to find a fundraising event near you.

Whether it is a Pink Ribbon Breakfast, triathlon, Girls Night In or local fundraising activity, everyone is embracing breast cancer awareness.

Elaine McIntosh and Kathy Nielsen are some of Gladstone's Pink Ribbon Breakfast organisers.

"There's not a family that cancer hasn't touched," Cancer Council volunteer Kelsey Kane said.

The women have all previously been diagnosed with breast cancer. "It's like other things in life, you can't do anything about it, it's not something you can say, no thank you I don't want that," Kathy said.

"You just do what the doctor tells you to do and try get out the other end...it's such a tragic disease but you just keep going on," Kelsey said.

They said the awareness month was all about getting the issue out to the public.

"The biggest thing is making cancer aware to the public, what's here, what's available...and the fundraising," Kelsey said.

"They're getting (diagnosed) younger and younger now. It used to be known as an old person's disease, but not any more.

"We try not to dwell on the sad side of it, because there are still people going through it," Kathy said.

Pink Ribbon Breakfasts are held nationwide.

"The idea of the breakfast is to try and pick up all the working girls, because it's over by 9am," Kelsey said. "Whatever we raise goes straight to Breast Cancer Queensland." The funds would go towards supporting research to find a cure. To find a breast cancer fundraiser near you, visit nbcf.org.au.



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