KeepHealthCare.ORG – Pukekohe sisters and breast cancer survivors host Pink Ribbon breakfast
Last updated 14:01, April 17 2018
Emelyn McHardy / STUFF
Suzan Gardner and Shona Kelway will host Pink Ribbon Breakfast.
As Shona Kelway sat topless in front of a photographer, she knew what she wanted to achieve with her photos, to help others battling breast cancer and highlight signs of the disease.
The Pukekohe grandmother and breast cancer survivor signed up for the Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand Rubens and Rembrandt paintings-themed campaign, after seeing a post on social media.
She had one aim – if she could help save one person’s life with the campaign, that would be a success.
Shona Kelway, left, and her sister Suzan Gardner will hold a Pink Ribbon breakfast next month.
“I wanted to do my bit and hopefully save one persons life,” Kelway said.
*Breast cancer survivors pose up in classical Rubens and Rembrandt paintings
*Pukekohe grandmother thanks family for getting through breast cancer
“And actually towards the end of the campaign . . . the breast cancer foundation had received a letter from a woman who said that after seeing the campaign . . . she found something wasn’t quite right with her breast and she went to have a mammogram and found that she had breast cancer.
“She said in her email that she thought that we saved her life. So that was really cool.”
Kelway had shared more than most people would have dared when she chose to go topless for the 2017 breast cancer campaign.
Now she wants to do more, by holding a Pink Ribbon Breakfast to fundraise for the Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand.
The breakfast is at the Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club, on May 6 and will include breakfast, guest speakers, and raffles. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand.
Kelway got the idea to hold the brekkie, from one of her sisters in Invercargill, who’s hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast with her daughter.
“They had put something on Facebook and I thought, yeah I’d like to do that this year, because last year was all about getting better and being sick. So now I want it all to be about being well and helping others.”
Kelway’s sister Suzan Gardner is also a breast cancer survivor and has helped organise the breakfast.
“I was the first out of my family (to get cancer), and we did a Relay for Life not that long ago – me and a friend of mine. She had just been through it too. And we had our photo taken in the (Franklin) County News for that,” Gardner said.
“And then I had so many people coming up to me saying, ‘I didn’t realise you had breast cancer’. It was not something you go and advertise.
“I wasn’t embarrassed or anything like that. I just didn’t want people feeling sorry for me.”
While Gardner kept her battle private, Kelway shared her journey on Facebook, which she said helped her a lot.
And now they both want the help others.
Kelway said if the event goes well, they would look at making it an annual event.
“It is something that I’d like to continue to do if it is successful and I think it will be successful. It would definitely be something that I would be interested in doing on an annual basis.
“It’s all about awareness. So that other women don’t have to go through what we’ve been through.”
Tickets for the breakfast can be purchased at the Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club, Bogaarts Styling Lounge and Shampoo Shop, and The Wig Room.
Or contact Shona Kelway on 027 2975824.