This October, BCNA and Berlei will reach an amazing milestone with the 60,000th My Care Kit being provided to a woman who has recently undergone surgery for breast cancer.
The My Care Kit is provided free to Australian women following breast cancer surgery. The kit contains a specially designed Berlei bra and soft forms that can be worn in the weeks immediately following surgery for breast cancer. It also has information and support material to assist in the recovery process.
BCNA and Berlei formed a partnership in 2005 and since then have provided more than 60,000 My Care Kits to Australian women who have had just undergone surgery for breast cancer.
Through its partnership with BCNA, Berlei has been supporting Australian women with breast cancer for more than seven years. Berlei will be turning its website pink in October to show support for the 14,000 Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer every year.
Maxine Morand, CEO of BCNA and breast cancer survivor, said Berlei’s support meant the vast majority of Australian women who undergo breast cancer surgery will receive a My Care Kit.
“Having a special comfortable bra to wear after surgery is really appreciated by women at a very stressful time. We are incredibly grateful for the support provided by Berlei through the My Care Kit and their fundraising for BCNA.”
“BCNA provides a range of support to women following a breast cancer diagnosis and last year 80 per cent of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer received a My Care Kit,” Maxine said.
During October other Australian women wishing to support those diagnosed with breast cancer can do so by purchasing Australia’s favourite bra, Berlei Barely There in Pearl Pink Marle.
Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Berlei will donate $5 of every Barely There Bra in Pearl Pink Marle sold to BCNA to help the 38 Australian diagnosed every day with breast cancer.
Each week in BCNA’s Melbourne office, hundreds of My Care Kits are packed by generous volunteers who donate their time to help BCNA support Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer.
Maxine Morand said the majority of BCNA volunteers have been helping BCNA for several years and two have been volunteering for more than a decade.
“Some of our volunteers who pack the My Care Kits are breast cancer survivors. Many have supported someone with breast cancer. All of them have been personally affected by breast cancer,” she said.
- For more information about My Care Kits visit BCNA’s Kits and resources page.