Help out with a Girls Night In
CANCER Council Queensland is encouraging all women in the Gympie region to get involved in this year’s Girls Night In event organised by local cancer survivor Leisa Hehir.
Ms Hehir fought her own battle with breast cancer, having been diagnosed in June 2009 and given the all clear after two lots of surgery, six rounds of chemotherapy and 30 rounds of radiation.
She says she lives not only to tell the tale but also to give back to the people who helped her, as well as raise awareness about early detection and the fact that cancer doesn’t discriminate based on sex and age.
At the age of 31, Ms Hehir went to the doctor for a routine check-up and without thinking, asked her GP about a dimple that had appeared on her breast.
“I wasn’t worried but got it checked anyway,” she said.
“It turned out I had an aggressive cancer that had advanced but only just started to spread to the rest of my body ... It was luck that I was diagnosed in time.”
The past year has been major for Ms Hehir. Besides her battle with cancer, she established Pink Chix, a cleaning business that she managed to keep operating throughout her ordeal. She learnt from her experience “not to sweat the small stuff” and has organised a fun night at the Gympie RSL from 6.30pm on Friday, October 29.
“A lot of people don’t realise the Cancer Council doesn’t get funding for certain areas — such as research and support services – rely solely on fundraisers and donations,” Ms Hehir said.
A $25 ticket helps raise money for cancer research and gives you an evening of entertainment, hot finger food and fun as well as a glass of champagne on arrival. The popular Luella will perform and DJ Tami Kerle will spin some tunes.
Come in your glamour nightwear for the pyjama-themed party or if you feel a little bare wear pink. Tickets available end of next week from NewsXpress in Mary Street or Williams Shoes in Centro.