Enjoying the breast cancer awareness lunch at Fitzy’s are (from left) Julie Hedge, Melinda Wendland, Tracey O’Connor, Cathy Rookas and Leanne Bunter.
Enjoying the breast cancer awareness lunch at Fitzy’s are (from left) Julie Hedge, Melinda Wendland, Tracey O’Connor, Cathy Rookas and Leanne Bunter. Bev Lacey

Women don colour of change

SINCE she was diagnosed with breast cancer 14 months ago, Renee Bogdan has been a passionate crusader for women's health and fundraising to find a cure for the disease.

The mother of five, personal trainer and owner of two Curves Fitness Centres in Toowoomba was a guest speaker at Fitzy's Colour of Change breast cancer lunch held yesterday.

"I hope that I can inspire women to have regular breast checks, maintain a healthy lifestyle and give generously to find a cause and cure for breast cancer," Mrs Bogdan said.

While survival rates of breast cancer are improving through advances in management of the disease, Dr Eric Donaldson, also a guest speaker at the event, stressed the importance of awareness and early detection through mammograms, which are provided by BreastScreen Queensland.

Dr Donaldson, who is a surgeon with the Toowoomba BreastScreen service, provided an informative medical and statistical overview of the disease.

"Patients are well looked after in Toowoomba through state-of-the-art facilities at St Andrew's Hospital," he said.

The 155 guests were treated to a five-course degustation menu designed by Fitzy's master chef Mark Kennedy.

Fitzy's marketing manager Anita Fitzgibbons was confident this year's event would beat the $15,000 raised at last year's Colour of Change lunch.

 


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