Yeppen bull to don pink for October as Jenny spreads message

Di Jeha from Needlework Cottage and Cancer Council's Jess O'Neill admire the Yeppen roundabout bull's new fashion accessory. Photo Kara Paradies / Morning Bulletin
Di Jeha from Needlework Cottage and Cancer Council's Jess O'Neill admire the Yeppen roundabout bull's new fashion accessory. Photo Kara Paradies / Morning Bulletin Kara Paradies

LIFE can be cruel.

No one understands this better than breast cancer survivor Jenny Horn, who recently lost her husband Rusty to his second battle with cancer.

But the brave Emu Park woman wants people to know you should never, ever give up.

"My world might be crumbling around me, but life goes on," she said.

Jenny is this year's Pink Face of Hope, helping to spread the word about women's cancers and Pink Ribbon Day.

To mark the occasion, Rockhampton's most iconic bull statue, which takes pride of place on the Yeppen roundabout, is donning a giant pink tie for the month of October.

Last week Jenny sat down with The Morning Bulletin to share her story and her three coping strategies: work, exercise, and most importantly, family and friends.

Cancer survivor Jenny Horn is the Central Queensland Pink Face of Hope. Photo Kara Paradies / Morning Bulletin
Cancer survivor Jenny Horn is the Central Queensland Pink Face of Hope. Photo Kara Paradies / Morning Bulletin Kara Paradies

However, Jenny said each person was different and you needed to do what was best for you.

For her, that meant chemotherapy and a double mastectomy.

But her husband chose not to have treatment when he was first diagnosed with bladder cancer.

"It was hard for me to accept his decision, but looking back it was the best decision, not only for him, but for me as well," she said.

"I still had my happy, positive Rusty and together we enjoyed another seven wonderful years."

While Rusty beat the bladder cancer, he was later diagnosed with liver cancer.

Jenny said it was absolutely vital to support organisations like CCQ.

"It touches every family, the more research the better," she said.

Jenny said she wanted to inspire others and encourage all women to regularly check their breasts.

Ms O'Neill said those who take part in Pink fundraising support the more than 3900 Queensland women who will be diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer this year.

"A bright splash of pink does more than brighten up the community - it means we are taking steps to beat cancer and support the women in our lives who have been affected," she said.

PINK RIBBON DAY

What: Raising awareness for women's cancers

When: October 27

Get involved: Visit pinkribbon.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85



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