Papamoa turns pink

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Some topics are difficult. One of those is the Big C – specifically, breast cancer.

However, last weekend we all donned our pinkest and brightest clothes for the Pink Papamoa Beach Walk organised by Tauranga Breast Cancer support manager, Lea Lehndorf.

Affecting both women and men, breast cancer often maims or claims people’s bodies and lives. Such strong public support from the community helps bring down the veil of silence to avoid cases going undiagnosed and gives recognition to the battles that people with breast cancer face.

Lea Lehndorf said it perfectly: The purpose of the walk is to celebrate survivors, inspire and support the fighters, and honour those taken.

One year ago my predecessor Hon Tony Ryall opened the Kathleen Kilgour Centre which enables around 500 locals a year to get treatment closer to home. This saves a 3 hour roundtrip to Hamilton. The Government has invested around $63 million into faster cancer treatments over the past six years and seen great results. No longer are people waiting over 8 weeks for treatment or flying to Australia as we saw in 2008, but rather now all patients receive treatment within 4 weeks – the international gold standard.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the Papamoa markets last Sunday. There was a positive humming vibe and lots of very happy kids with their families making the most out of the delicious food and wide array of knickknacks available!

We’re very lucky to live in a community where we show strong support for each other, whether we’re talking about breast cancer or supporting the local markets.