Two women help rally Narrogin community to fight breast cancer

Campbell WilliamsonNarrogin Observer
Louise McEllister and Tracey Angwin.
Camera IconLouise McEllister and Tracey Angwin. Credit: Supplied

Two women whose lives have been rocked by breast cancer banded together to create a high tea in Narrogin with the community’s support, raising funds and awareness to help fight the deadly disease.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in Australia with nine people dying each day from the disease.

Through fundraisers such as theirs, Tracey Angwin and Louise McEllister hope to raise awareness and help the National Breast Cancer Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

They have raised more than $5500 for the cause after Saturday’s high tea. Ms Angwin carries the breast cancer causing gene BRCA2 and has lost her mother, grandmother and auntie to the disease. Her sister is a 10-year survivor of the disease.

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“My mum passed away, my sister got it and I was advised to go and get it checked myself — that was in 2019,” MsAngwin said.

“I've got a BRCA2 gene which means I’m a carrier of cancer so that was a bit of a shock to us because I’ve got four boys and they’ve all got partners and wives and babies.”

Ms McEllister was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020 after going in for a routine mammogram.

“It changes everything and it changes your attitude to life; it makes you value everything all day,” Ms McEllister said.

“It makes you value the people who are around you. It's not something that goes away you. You might think you're on top of it and then something reminds you of it.

The high tea raised money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Camera IconThe high tea raised money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Credit: .

“Everything’s come back that I haven't got cancer at the moment but they still don't know whether there's any cancer in the blood stream.

“Its been a very informative journey for me.”

But while the deadly disease has had an impact on both women, they remain focused on making a positive difference through events like the fundraising high tea. “It is about raising awareness and also just having a social activity with some pamper in a nice home. Breast cancer is not an easy journey,” Ms McEllister said

“This event is supported by our community. People are cooking cakes, people are making biscuits, people are making savouries, they're doing all sorts of things.”

To donate, call Ms Angwin on 0427 616 053.

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