October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
According to Cancer Council SA, breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Every week in South Australia, 27 women are diagnosed with breast cancer.
Michelle Bradley is a local South Australian small business owner and a Breast Cancer Survivor.
“I was diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer. I was 39 years old, with 4 healthy and happy kids, a partner, and a new business… I had no history of breast cancer in my family and yet it found me,” says Michelle.
Michelle is featuring in a national body paint artwork calendar to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer in young women.
So Brave, Australia’s Young Women’s Breast Cancer Charity, is now in its third year. So Brave raises awareness and funding for breast cancer research whilst empowering young breast cancer survivors.
Each year So Brave creates a captivating fundraising calendar featuring 12 young women who are breast cancer survivors. The women are transformed with body art and are photographed for the annual fundraising calendar.
The photographs depict the metamorphosis that each young woman has gone through during their body paint photoshoot and breast cancer journey.
Michelle has been selected as Adelaide’s first ever So Brave Model Ambassador to help promote breast cancer awareness in young women; highlighting their core message that young women under 40 get breast cancer too.
“Throughout my breast cancer journey, I have denied myself the title of being BRAVE. Although I cherish the sentiment… Bravery to me is not a choice. Breast cancer doesn’t allow you to chose bravery… it chooses you,” says Michelle.
“This year is all about doing what I want to do… because I’m soooo important and I CAN be braver than I ever want to be. So Brave enforces that and my paint day made me realise that the most important person in my life is ME!
“I’m not a good mother without being a good me, I’m not a good friend, I’m not a good partner… I’m not a good anything… without being the best version of myself!”
Young breast cancer survivor, CEO and Founder of So Brave, Rachelle Panitz, says the calendar is a celebration of the women and of their bravery in facing breast cancer and in sharing in this body-painting experience to raise awareness and money to fight this disease.
Join Michelle as the 2019 So Brave Calendar is launched on Saturday October 20 at Morphettville Racecourse. Don’t miss the big reveal of Michelle’s Calendar photo and all 12 photos of the amazing So Brave Model Ambassadors.
Morphettville racecourse (SAJC) have also name a race after So Brave (So Brave Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Cup) along with donating prizes for the day’s auctions.
“This event is aimed at bringing us together as a community to talk about the importance of Breast Cancer awareness in young women under 40 and share my journey as a breast cancer survivor and as Adelaide’s FIRST EVER So Brave Model Ambassador,” says Michelle.
Be sure to get your tickets for the 2019 So Brave Calendar Launch here!
Funds raised from the sale of the 2019 Calendar will go to So Brave’s mission programs of empowerment, education and advocacy and directly funding breast cancer research. More information about the charity and how you can get yourself a calendar can be found here.
You can check out more empowering stories here.
Along with this empowering calendar, you can also raise awareness of breast Cancer with the Cancer Council‘s Girls’ Night In this October, which aims to raise funds for all women affected by breast or gynaecological cancers. You can check out our article about that here.
Where: Morphettville Racecourse – Leilani Room
When: 12:00pm Saturday 20th October 2018