Be a STAR and walk for breast cancer

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If you are a keen walker, get a group of friends and family together to participate in the upcoming 2016 NZ Breast Cancer Foundation Pink Star Walks in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

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Registrations are now open for the October/November events (pinkstarwalk.co.nz) as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  The annual NZ Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF) fundraiser is a non-competitive fun walk, with no training required before participating – just a willingness to join a group of boisterous women, men and children in support of those affected by breast cancer.

The walks are held in the twilight hours, providing a unique experience, with a party atmosphere at the finish line with entertainment provided; walkers are encouraged to celebrate and have a fun evening out together.

Sponsored by Estee Lauder Companies, the NZBCF Pink Star Walks are open to all ages.  The walking courses are a mix of 5km, 10km or a half marathon (21km) option, depending on location.  The course must be walked, not run; with walkers encouraged to dress in pink, with many groups coordinating their costumes as a team and registering to fundraise.

Stacey Morrison, NZBCF ambassador and radio host from The Hits, along with her co-host Flynny, will MC the events in all three locations, cheering on walkers and handing out medals at the finish lines to those completing the 21km distance options in Auckland and Christchurch.

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“I’ve been involved with the Pink Star Walks for many years and always enjoy seeing everyone getting together and making an effort with their costumes.  What better way to show your support of those affected by breast cancer than by getting out there and walking the talk!” says Stacey, who lost her mother to breast cancer at a young age.

Keeping fit and active is important to Stacey, who loves that the Pink Star Walk is an event which is accessible to everyone no matter what their age or fitness level.

“Our Pink Star Walks are a great way to show your support for friends, family or colleagues affected by breast cancer,” says Evangelia Henderson, chief executive at the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.

“The money raised by the three events will help fund support program

mes for women with breast cancer including counselling, rehabilitation programmes and funds education for early detection of breast cancer.

Each year more than 3000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, with approximately half detected through mammograms, where a tumour can be found when it is as small as 2mm.  A tumour is generally 10 times the size (20mm) before it can be detected by touch, so it’s important that women know they need to be screened from the age of 40 and well into their 70s,” says Mrs Henderson.

Last year’s Pink Star Walks attracted more than 4200 registered walkers and raised $500,000.  This year the goal is to attract 5500 walkers, and raise a total of $600,000 towards the breast cancer cause.

NZBCF Pink Star Walks are held in three locations: Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

About Breast Cancer in New Zealand

  • More than 3000 women a year are diagnosed with breast cancer in NZ – that’s eight women a day.
  • 90-95 percent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
  • Around 350 NZ women under the age of 45 (when free mammograms start) will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year – that’s one woman a day.
  • While breast cancer has a good cure rate when found early, many women have their cancer come back: only 73 percent will be disease-free 10 years after diagnosis.
  • More than 600 women will die of breast cancer this year – about the size of a large primary school.
  • The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation recommends women should consider having yearly breast screening mammograms at age 40-49, then screen every two years from age 50.
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