A Rollie Cause
Women have always been the centre of Rollie. Beginning from Vince Lebon’s wife, Kat being the inspiration for Rollie; to our Rollie office being 90% women; they have always been the core. In honour, we have created a female empowerment series to support, uplift and celebrate all women.
In support, we have partnered with the incredible team at the McGrath Foundation to raise money for the most common cause of cancer amongst Australian women, breast cancer and to support the work of their amazing Breast Care Nurses.
10% of all proceeds will be proudly donated to the McGrath Foundation.
How You Can Help!
With some kicks that will kick off a conversation!
Can’t commit but don’t want to quit?
Don't fret, just add pink laces to any order for just
$5 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated.
Gah! These will surely turn heads
but I don’t know what to say!?
Here are some titty talking points to share with friends and families:
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85, which means we need to talk about breast
care awareness a lot more.
There is a 90% chance of surviving five years from diagnosis.
Know your pair so you can pick up any changes easily.
What's my impact?
This money will help support and fund the 120 McGrath Breast Care Nurses who offer free support to patients and families across Australia.
Continuous support from a McGrath Breast Care Nurse can greatly minimise the stress and trauma of a breast cancer diagnosis for the patient and their family.
Raising breast care awareness within our community.
Supporting and empowering women to openly share their personal
experiences with breast cancer to raise awareness within the community.
“I found the lump in the shower exactly 2 weeks after my 30th birthday”. Kerryn, now 32, a registered nurse from Melbourne speaks on the moment she knew of her diagnosis how she navigated through it all.
My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 42, so I immediately went to get a mammogram and an ultrasound which suggested I had a benign lump. I think I knew it was bad before I was told. I received a text from my GP the Monday before I was diagnosed to say he had a free appointment the next day and I could come in. Then the morning I received my diagnosis, before my GP appointment, I got a phone call from my breast surgeons office to remind me about my appointment the following day. My GP had made my appointment, not me.
The next few days were a blur with my GP advising me that the next few weeks would go very fast and that I just needed to go with the flow which was honestly the best advice I’d received. It wasn’t until the Saturday after my diagnosis when the weight of it really all sunk in for me and I completely shut down, spending most of that Saturday in tears, surrounded by my family. That night, I was lying in the foetal position on our bed and my daughter came in and stroked my hair. It was then I realised I had to pull my big girl undies on and get on with it, whatever happened. In that same moment, I came across an inspirational quote on social media and it soon became my mantra throughout treatment. It read, “It will be ok, it might not be today or even tomorrow but eventually it will be ok”.
I had a double mastectomy followed by 5 months of chemo therapy. It was a physical and mental toll on my health that left me in a place where I struggled to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Having the support of my family and friends is something I’m forever grateful for. I quite literally had a village of people that made everything easier for us. From friends who filled our fridge, to my best friend who flew down from Sydney to spend time with me in hospital and to my family and friends who took our daughter at the drop of a hat.
I was so incredibly lucky to have the support I had from my family and friends, but some people aren’t so lucky. And that’s where foundations like the McGrath Foundation comes in. No one can walk this journey alone.
Today, I am shy of two and half year’s post diagnosis and I’m still learning to take everything one day at a time. Aside from the whole holy-shit-I-had-a-life-threatening-disease-but-felt-completely-fine mind screw, cancer really puts things into perspective. While I still suffer from anxiety, it’s more around the possibility of the cancer returning and it’s much less of a constant back of the mind thought than it was before. Every day it gets a little easier.
With breast cancer being the number one common cause for cancer amongst women around Australia, having the knowledge and support is imperative. Check you boobs! Get it checked and best-case scenario is that It’s nothing and you had your boob squished by a mammogram machine.
"Just because I have cancer, doesn’t mean I’ve lost my fashion sense.” My words after being shown boringly drab and dreary head caps at my first ever chemotherapy session. Many commented that I wouldn’t have the energy to bother with dressing up or putting on makeup. I strongly disagreed. Of course, I spent many a time inside, sick from treatment and make up free but when I went to work or met up with friends, being able to express myself through fashion and style is what kept me feeling like me, especially when I lost my long, luscious locks. I wore bright and colourful silk headscarves to express my personality and style in place of a wig - the headscarves were more me!
Diagnosed at age 29 with breast cancer. Two years on I’ve had 27 rounds of chemo, a double mastectomy and reconstruction, and I’m now becoming a cancer support volunteer. It’s rewarding and important to help women feel empowered when diagnosed and throughout their treatment. From how you feel inside, to how you present your personality and style to the world, all the little things help towards making each day that much better.
Two and a half weeks ago, one of my closest friends of over 30 years sadly passed away at a top young age of 44. She has 4 children ranging from only 5 to 15 years old. She was diagnosed in December 2014 and spent a year undergoing treatment and a partial mastectomy then went into remission in 2016. In October 2017 after suffering 5-6 months of back and hip pain they’d found it had returned and spread to bones and elsewhere. I work at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and have just spent the last few months with her being admitted to our ward. This has been the saddest time watching her decline and eventually pass away. I would love for any company in any way to help provide support in raising awareness and funds to go towards breast cancer. I love the Rollie brand and I’m proud that you are partnering to raise this vital awareness.
My name is Natalie Carnovale, I’m 39 years old, and I live on the Central Coast of New South Wales. I’ve been a McGrath Breast Care Nurse since 2014, and in a cancer-nursing role since 2008, so I’ve seen the tragedy and adversity of breast cancer in patients for over ten years.
One-in-eight women and one in 14 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer before they turn 85 – meaning every day, 50 people receive the news that they have breast cancer. My colleagues and I work with these patients, offering free support to them through their treatment and care. Every month, I see between 25-30 new patients who are referred to the McGrath Breast Care.
For me, one of the highlights of my job is being able to provide comfort and reassurance to people with breast cancer and their families. I’m able to make people’s experience with breast cancer a little easier by providing information and coordinating care, the effect of which reaffirms the importance of my role. I strive to bring a little joy to my patients’ lives and make them smile every once in a while.
While the experience of being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer is undoubtedly hard on patients and their families, it is also difficult for us nurses who work closely with those affected by breast cancer to witness the incredibly distressing time. To ensure I can be the best support for these patients and maintain my well-being, in my downtime I focus on doing sports I love and spending time with my family. Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can be an overwhelming time for both the patient and their family, and sometimes there are limited options. It can be hard to see the distress a cancer diagnosis can bring, so the McGrath Breast Care Nurses strive to provide reassurance and help patients fully understand all their options.
The McGrath Foundation also run events and activities for their patients, to help bring a bit of sparkle and excitement into their lives during their treatment. I really enjoy involving patients in the McGrath Foundation events, as often these events allow the patients to be really spoilt – it helps them understand how valued and appreciated they are and have some down time from their diagnosis. At the end of the day, these patients are people as well, and the disease they are battling is just one aspect of who they are as a person. The McGrath Foundation works hard to ensure that they remember who they are outside of the disease and allow them to find the light in a dark time.
Three things I want to women and men to understand about breast health, are to be diligent with self-assessment, as early detection is key; to not be afraid of seeking advice or undergoing an examination; and to be aware that age and gender aren’t a deterrent – breast cancer doesn’t discriminate.
Thursday 11th of October Mark's 12 months to when I was told at 34, sorry you have cancer. My whole world stood still for about 5 minutes while I began to try and process what I was hearing. I had 2 young daughters that immediately became my focus and how I have now given them this "family history" that they will have to grow up and be aware of.
I shook off then news, went for a few extra tests and took myself to work for the afternoon for a distraction. I am a theatre nurse, I see breast cancer being removed most weeks on ladies of all ages, but generally not in their 30's. How could this be happening to me? It was that evening I decided after helping take a beautiful woman after her mastectomy off the operating table that it was happening and there is nothing I can do about it except fight it with everything I have.
My tumour would later come back as triple negative breast cancer, I would need 6 months of chemotherapy, radiation or further surgery. I remained as positive as I could through the entire process. I didn’t want my girls to see it as a horrible time in their lives and it just became the norm that mummy had no hair because the special medicine to make her better made her hair fall out. Breast cancer changes you in every sense, BUT hair grows back, strength and vitality begin to return, my body will never look the same and relationships show their true colours.
But as a person I am so much more determined to live the best life I can, to love those around me that gave me so much support and educate whoever I come across about the importance of self-examination.
I am as we speak cancer free and I wish and hope with every sense of myself that it remains that way, but if it doesn’t the fight is there to win and to never give up.
It’s a lesser known fact that men can get breast cancer too. Seven years after my mother-in-law passed away from breast cancer, my husband was diagnosed with it as well. Genetics. Surgery, chemo and many long months of recovery and then prostate cancer 2 years ago. The gene that gave him the breast cancer is responsible for the prostate cancer too. He is 55 years old now.
So even if you’re NOT a woman, it’s important to keep an eye on your breasts. Hopefully that’s the final of our run in with cancer...
My mother called me several years ago to advise me “one of your sisters has breast cancer”. She would never tell me which of my sisters it was; as I have a twin, my risk factor went up massively. I’ve had a mammogram every year for the past six years, religiously checking my girls every month, and when a lump did appear, I saw my doctor straight away.
I’ve had two cysts removed, one by needle and the other by surgery. Neither were cancer. I have since found out which of my sisters it was - three years after she died from breast cancer. My biggest regret is my sister never contacted me to tell me she was sick, nor was I given an opportunity to say my farewells to her. It’s a complicated family story which has left me several family losses to carry. However, I will continue to check my girls and have my mammograms to ensure I stay healthy and live long for my children and husband.