Climb the iconic Story Bridge in Brisbane for the inaugural Bridge to 2030 fundraiser

February 22nd, 2019

The National Breast Cancer Foundation invites the community to reach new heights and raise funds for game-changing breast cancer research

19 February 2019: The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is holding the inaugural Bridge to 2030 fundraiser at Brisbane’s Story Bridge on Thursday 30 May, 2019.

The event gives the community the opportunity to climb the iconic bridge to keep our bright researchers on the road to zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030. Supporters will help NBCF work towards stopping deaths from breast cancer, whilst reaching breathtaking new heights on the Story Bridge Adventure Climb.

For Bridge to 2030 Brisbane we’re challenging teams of 10 to raise $10,000. This will provide a huge boost to NBCF-funded breast cancer researchers who are working hard to tackle some of the biggest hurdles to stopping deaths from breast cancer.

Today, despite the advances made in research so far, there are still eight deaths from breast cancer every day[i], highlighting the scale of the task still at hand. Breast cancer is also the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, with one in seven Australians to be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.[ii]This equates to 53 women facing a diagnosis each and every day in Australia.[iii]

With more people being diagnosed with breast cancer each year, more breast cancer research is urgently needed to help fund a future for Australian women and save lives.

NBCF Chief Executive Officer Professor Sarah Hosking encouraged the community to rally their teams for Bridge to 2030 to help NBCF reach its determined goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.

“In the 25 years since NBCF’s inception, breast cancer survival rates have increased from 76% to 91%[iv] however NBCF’s ultimate mission is to completely eradicate any deaths from the disease by targeting the remaining 9% over the next 12 years,” said Professor Hosking.

“To help ensure our 2030 mission we will be honing our efforts on targeting those most of risk of breast cancer, and in turn, improving health service delivery to them. We are also putting a major emphasis on tackling aggressive breast cancers like metastatic and triple negative breast cancers,” she continued.

 

NBCF funded researcher Professor Ricardo Dolcetti from the University of Queensland is grateful to be a part of an event with such passionate, well-informed and motivated fundraisers. Professor Dolcetti’s is working on a new form of personalised immunotherapy to target the hardest to treat forms of breast cancer. Immunotherapy is a mode of treatment that used parts of one’s immune system to target cancer. To date, it has had limited success for breast cancer but has shown promising results for other cancers.

“The funds raised through Bridge to 2030 will give me and my research team more time, tools and resources to work on developing life-saving treatments for those affected by breast cancer,” he said.

 

Tarah Hastie, a valued member of NBCF’s Speakers Network, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 at the age of 27 following the birth of her son Chester.

 

She said that being a part of the inaugural Bridge to 2030 Brisbane event had a very personal meaning for her: “I am  thrilled to be involved in this year’s Bridge to 2030 event to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Funding more research is absolutely critical to stopping deaths from breast cancer and improving detection rates,” she said.

Tarah is a strong advocate for breast cancer research and actively shares her story of being diagnosed with breast cancer to help NBCF raise more funds for research.

 

How to get involved

  1. REGISTER your fundraising team at org.au/Brisbane

  2. GROW your fundraising team- More the merrier!

  3. PERSONALISE your fundraising page and start spreading the word.
  4. SHARE your online fundraising page and encourage your networks to support you.
  5. RAISE FUNDS reach a minimum of $1,000 per person.
  6. REACH NEW HEIGHTS. Raise funds for research.

[i] Australian Institute of Health & Welfare https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/cancer/cancer-data-in-australia/contents/summary (accessed 15 February, 2019)

[ii] As above.

[iii] As above.

[iv] As above.

 

Click here to download the media release.