Maree van Royenis a member of Knackered Knockers
Up to nine women are diagnosed with breast cancer daily in New Zealand. Tragically, nearly two women will lose the battle every single day.
Hello, my name is Maree, and I had breast cancer. I say had as a bilateral mastectomy immediately after the diagnosis of a small but aggressive tumour has given me every chance of a “normal” life. My treatment journey is not over, but early detection makes me one of the lucky ones. I'm surrounded by the most incredible support group and health professionals, and I'm grateful for high risk screening and access to fully-funded treatment options. Others are not so lucky.
My great-grandmother and grandmother passed away from breast cancer before I was born, and my mum Penny was diagnosed at age 34 and again at 43. I was diagnosed in July 2019 at age 30. We are a family of fighters and think that this walk is a great way to celebrate that.
It is time for us to give back to the Breast Cancer Foundation, an organisation that has given so much to breast cancer fighters and their families but we need your support. Any amount will be hugely appreciated and gratefully received!
The money raised from our walk will be used to fund vital research projects, promote early detection and support New Zealanders recovering from and living with breast cancer in New Zealand. We cannot do this alone but with your help we can make a difference!
"I am too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated."