Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, added a dash of pink to their usual attire to support Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink fundraiser, which takes place on Friday 18 October.
Since launching in 2002, wear it pink has had an enormous impact on the lives of those affected by breast cancer, raising over £33 million to date. Mr McArthur is calling for others across Orkney to join him, by signing up for wear it pink and helping to fund world-class breast cancer research and life changing support for those affected by the disease.
Breast Cancer Now supporters Alison Tait and Jane O’Neill, who have both been affected by breast cancer, met Mr McArthur at the Scottish Parliament.
Alison Tait, 49 from Edinburgh, is a single parent living with incurable secondary breast cancer. Commenting on why she is supporting this year’s wear it pink day she said:
‘“Being diagnosed with secondary breast cancer turns your world upside down. Breast Cancer Now does incredible work that makes a real difference for people like me who are living with this disease.
“In May 2018, I helped Breast Cancer Now to launch the Perjeta Now campaign in Scotland. It successfully made this extraordinary drug routinely available to women in Scotland living with incurable secondary breast cancer - giving them nearly 16 months of extra life compared to other treatments.
“Fundraising events like wear it pink help to support Breast Cancer Now’s invaluable work and I would like to encourage people across Scotland to get involved and donate what you can.”
Mr McArthur, said:
“Sadly, we are all likely to know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. Every year, around 4,700 women in Scotland will have to battle this devastating illness.
“As we speak, Breast Cancer Now are carrying out important research to achieve their ambition that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live. The ‘Wear It Pink’ campaign will raise vital funds and awareness to help deliver the life changing support needed to make this a reality.
“I’m proud to support their campaign and would encourage others across Orkney to join me and also wear it pink on the 18th October”.
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, said:
“Breast cancer still affects so many of us, and our goal as a charity is that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and be supported to live well. The money raised from wear it pink is so crucial to this helping us to fund vital breast cancer research and support for those affected by the disease.
“We hope that by wearing pink, Liam will encourage more people to wear it pink in on 18 October and help us to continue to fund vital breast cancer research and support.”
Anyone can take part in wear it pink. Some people will choose to hold a cake sale, while others will opt to organise a raffle and some will arrange a pink fancy dress day at their school or workplace. No matter how people chose to wear it pink, all the money raised will help to fund vital breast cancer research and support.
Wear it pink on 18 October and raise funds for breast cancer research and support. Visit wearitpink.org to register and claim your free fundraising pack.