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BCNA News 23 Jul 2019

Vale Christie Wood

BCNA Community Liaison Christie Wood

Breast Cancer Network Australia is saddened to hear of the death of Community Liaison and long-time supporter Christie Wood on 22 July.

Christie Wood, wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend was diagnosed with early breast cancer in 2011. From the outset, Christie started giving back. Her first step was to provide a place where other survivors from the Sale region could meet, be informed and help each other. The Blossoms Breast Cancer Support Group she created became an important place to ensure people did not feel alone.

In 2015, we called for people to be Brave for BCNA and, of course, it was Christie who was one of the first to put her hand up. She showed her support for our work by jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet while asking her village to raise funds for BCNA. She did it and landed with the trademark smile that we came to love so much.

After her diagnosis with metastatic disease, Christie could have retreated to the safety of her local community. She could have focused on her own challenges of a terminal diagnosis. But no, not our Christie. She refused to be defined by her illness, she would not go down without making her journey matter; helping others that would follow her steps.

From continuing to build her support group; to sharing her story with the media; to campaigning for better care for all women and men living with metastatic breast cancer. When an email went out asking for help, Christie was there:

“I would love to be involved in this project. I love that my little voice can contribute and make a difference to other experiences.”

Well, Christie, your little voice was more powerful and impactful than you could have ever imagined.

It helped shape our Hope and Hurdles kit for people diagnosed with metastatic cancer. Your voice articulated the financial issues faced by rural people as part of BCNA’s landmark 2017 Financial Impact of Breast Cancer report. And every year we knew we could count on your support for our annual Pink Bun campaign.

Your voice made people understand. It put a face to the genuine issues of those living in regional areas and those with young families. You were a passionate and wonderful woman, and we are all richer for knowing you.

Your family can look at your life and be proud of the legacy you have left.

We will miss your smile. We will miss your can-do attitude. Thank you for everything you have done.

We promise your little voice will continue to resonate in the work we do to honour your memory.

- BCNA Chief Executive Officer Kirsten Pilatti