Charity car wash to clean up cancer
ALARNA Kingsley may be more comfortable behind the bar, but tomorrow she will swap cocktails for a charity car wash to fundraise for breast cancer research.
The Allenstown Hotel assistant manager knows all too well the impact breast cancer has on families after her mother was diagnosed with the deadly disease last year.
"My mum was diagnosed at the age of 52 and it was a very stressful time for our family as she underwent a mastectomy and numerous rounds of chemo," Ms Kingsley said.
"We do have a family history of breast cancer so it's always in the back of your mind, but you are never truly prepared when the doctor tells you that your mum has breast cancer.
"I have also had a breast cancer scare at the age of 32. It can affect anyone at any stage of your life which is why we all want to help make a difference and raise funds for research."
According to Queensland Cancer Council statistics, 138 Central Queensland women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year and of those women, 30 die.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women, with one-in-eight Australian women developing breast cancer.
Finding a cure and better treatments for breast cancer is a priority at the PA Research Foundation, based at the home of the world's first cancer vaccine, Gardasil, which has already vaccinated 20 million women against cervical cancer world-wide.
Residents are encouraged to get behind the local ALH hotel (Australian and Leisure Hospitality Group), which has joined forces with the PA Research Foundation to launch the 6th annual ALH Breast Cancer Awareness and Fundraising Campaign.
All staff at the Allenstown Hotel will be involved in the charity car wash, with the team aiming to raise $5000 through the car wash and various activities.
The car wash will be held from 10am to 4pm, with prices ranging from $5 to $15.
Further donations can be made at www.pafoundation.org.au.
FEMALE BREAST CANCER
Number of new cases a year: 138
Chance of diagnosis by age 80: 1 in 9
Median age at diagnosis: 58 yrs
Percent surviving for five years: 86%
Number of deaths a year: 30
Percent deaths before age 80: 82%