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University goes pink for a cause


10 October 2008

The Clock Tower joined the list of landmark Australian and international buildings to glow pink during Breast Cancer Month.
The Clock Tower joined the list of landmark Australian and international buildings to glow pink during Breast Cancer Month.

The Faculty of Health Sciences has joined the University communities' Global Illuminations Campaign for breast cancer awareness month by turning the Faculty's website pink in the lead up to the Pink Breakfast at Cumberland Campus on Monday 13 October.

This will be the second Pink Breakfast held by the Faculty following the launch of the Health Sciences' Breast Cancer Research Group in 2001. Founded by breast cancer survivor Associate Professor Sharon Kilbreath, the group focuses on the often unacknowledged battle women face in rehabilitation from breast cancer. With 30 percent of survivors developing contracting lymphodoema (swelling of the arm) and others facing drug induced side effects, such as lowered bone density and even osteoporosis, the group plays a vital role in the research arena.

"It's a controversial area, because all the information is opinion-based. But with over 85 per cent of patients surviving five years after diagnosis, we need to direct our efforts into rehabilitating patients," said Associate Professor Kilbreath.

The Health Sciences' Pink breakfast will by hosted by Associate Professor Kilbreath and will be held from 8am to 11 at the Cumberland Campus at 75 East Street, Lidcombe. All staff, students, friends and family are encouraged to come along and donate a five-dollar note to enjoy breakfast, and help raise much needed funds for breast cancer research.

The University will host this year's National Breast Cancer Foundation Sydney Global Illumination Dinner on 16 October in the Great Hall. It has already joined the list of landmark Australian and international buildings to glow pink when it lit up the Clock Tower in the Quandrangle on September 22.

Fore more information visit the FHS website.


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