Westmead’s tribute to breast cancer warriors

Westmead Breast Cancer Institute (BCI) clinical support officer Jasmine Goggins, breast cancer nurse Sarah Laffin and director Associate Professor Nirmala Pathamanathan.

Hospital staff and community members have paid tribute to loved ones and friends who have been touched by breast cancer at a special event to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Families and friends of patients wrote messages of support and encouragement on pink and blue silhouettes, which were on display in a Westmead Hospital garden.

The event also celebrated the kindness, passion and commitment from former breast cancer patient Beverley Hunt who passed away last week.

Beverley was a local counsellor and advocate for breast cancer screening with BreastScreen NSW and the BCI.

Westmead Breast Cancer Institute (BCI) director Associate Professor Nirmala Pathamanathan was delighted with the number of women and men who attended the ceremony.

“If treated early breast cancer can be stopped from spreading to other parts of the body,” Nirmala said.

“It’s important for women aged 50-74 to have mammograms every two years so we can monitor the breast and look for any slight changes.

BCI breast cancer nurse Sarah Laffin recited a tribute acknowledging the life and times of the unforgetable Beverley Hunt.

BCI radiographer Susan Ho with breast cancer survivor Beverley Hunt.

“I also had the pleasure of knowing Beveraley and she was a passionate breast cancer campaigner and an inspiration to women,” Prof Pathamanathan said.

“She survived breast cancer for more than 30 years and was proud of this achievement.

“She hoped if one person can make a difference and bring about change then she was satisfied.”