Women often felt like a number, not an individual, and were subjected to radical surgery. In those days, they were not given anywhere near as much information as now, and they received even less support. Often, these women could hold little hope for a future.
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) began during this time. It was started because of one woman's determination to make the breast cancer journey better for all women. Others soon joined in with her cause and for 20 years, BCNA has worked tirelessly to ensure that every Australian diagnosed with breast cancer, receives the best support, information, treatment and care.
Today, BCNA is the premier national organisation for Australians affected by breast cancer.
BCNA is not just a group of people in an office, but a network of more than 120,000 members. About 90 per cent of BCNA members have themselves been diagnosed with breast cancer, and the remaining members have been affected by a friend or family member.
Unlike many of the current breast cancer organisations, who are represented by a pink ribbon, BCNA's logo is the Pink Lady silhouette. The Pink Lady represents the people diagnosed with breast cancer and all those people also affected around them.
In 2018 BCNA is celebrating its 20th anniversary! Throughout this year they will be holding a number of events and campaigns to celebrate their achievements during this 20-year period. This includes acknowledging the people who have helped form and run this organisation. These people have worked incessantly to help create a better breast cancer journey for Australian women and men.
Now a Field of Women will be held on Sunday 12th August at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This will not only raise awareness by bringing breast cancer statistics to the public's attention, but the Field of Women reminds women, men and families that they are not alone.
Everyone is invited to join in and "stand together as one" in support of all Australians affected by this disease. Family activities will start at 11.00 am, and Field of Women inside MCG at 1.00 pm.
Adults $59 (including GST)
Children under 15 FREE
Your Adult or Child ticket includes:
- Field of Women participation
- Entry to Melbourne vs Sydney AFL match
- Commemorative backpack including pink poncho and keyring
- Certificate of participation
There will be a limited edition Field of Women knitted scarf which is available for pre-order with your ticket purchase. You will be able to collect these on the event day with your gift and proof of purchase.
Field of Women is prior to the Round 21 AFL match between Melbourne and the Sydney Swans. Family activities will commence in Yarra Park outside the MCG from 11.00 am with Field of Women taking place on the ground at 1.00 pm.
In 2018, estimations are that some 18,235 Australians will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The aim of this society is to have this number represented by women, men and children standing together in the shape of BCNA's Pink Lady. Everyone is invited to participate – you don't have to have had breast cancer to take part!
The photos from past Field of Women events have become an international symbol of breast cancer peer support. Why not attend this and be a part of a historic event!
Proceeds from Field of Women ticket sales will help them continue their important work in providing resources, programs and services to Australians affected by breast cancer.
Book your tickets for Field of Women today at this site, and "Stand with me at the G".