Czarina's Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Pink Ribbon Breakfast

This year I am hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast event because I want to make a real difference to Australians affected by breast cancer. All donations made to this page will help do exactly that. 

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia’s leading national body funding game-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the Australian public.

I really believe research is the best way to prevent deaths, and improve how breast cancer is diagnosed, managed and treated. NBCF is working towards one goal: zero deaths from breast cancer. Together we can help them get there.

Click 'Donate' to make a secure online donation and help me reach my goal. Every donation, big or small, will help me get there. Please donate today.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible and you will be issued with a tax-deductible receipt via email as soon as you make your donation.

Thank you so much for your support!

My Pink Ribbon Breakfast starts in :

Event Information:

Saturday 29 Oct 2022

My Updates

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Monday 26th Sep
Today my cancer nurse Bridget asked me how did I tell my children. I told her it was about being open, honest and transparent about what I was going through. That the diagnosis was not a secret.

How can it be at secret when there will be days when they will see me cry. My strength comes from them and I knew I needed them to be strong to see their mum go through this.

Acceptance was always going to be key. In order for me to accept this diagnosis, I needed Amelia and Gabriel to be in a safe place. This was not something I wanted them to keep inside. I wanted both of them to be able to talk about what they were going through. What they were feeling. 

I was so proud of Gabriel the day he told me he'd told his mates and one of our closest family friends. I felt relief that he'd been able to speak about it aloud. He had his people.

It was always going to be harder for Amelia. As strong as I knew her to be, at 13 years, she didn't yet have the words. It was hard to see her carry this to school every day.

I made the mistake of telling Amelia I was going to stay one more night in hospital, not realising she received the message during Italian. She told me that night that she got sad when she read my message.

That afternoon, we talked about what we could do to help her. We decided that we wanted to tell her friends but she didn't know how. I suggested we write a message to the parents of her friends. That's what we did. We wrote the message together, explaining my diagnosis and that there will be days when Amelia will come to school sad. We asked the parents to let their girls know.

I don't know exactly know how Amelia felt the day after, going to school and seeing her friends, but her smile coming home said it all. 


#Fighting

Monday 19th Sep
May this year I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. Grade 2, hormone positive. “You have breast cancer” were not the words I was expecting to hear coming out of 2 years of covid lockdowns. Just like everyone, I was ready to start celebrating life after covid!

The day of diagnosis was the first hard day. Receiving the news was a shock, but the hardest part was yet to come. How do I tell my kids. How do I tell my mum and dad and my sisters. We all cried. We cried for a long time.

“The surgery went well, but we have found more cancer cells in your lymph nodes. Chemo is needed”. Oh boy..the second hardest day.

Then came the messages of love and support.

“It sounds tough, but you’ve faced far worse than this”.
“My class is praying for you”.
“God is with you and Mama Mary is our Mother?
“We will all go through this together”.

and from dad - “Fighting!!”.

The messages of love and support have been truly overwhelming, drowning out any fear that tried to creep in.

The third hardest day was day 1 of chemo.
I gave my mum a goodbye hug and walked into the Patricia cancer centre alone. As I sat there, looking out the bay window, waiting to be called in, trying to stay composed, Ami and Gabe came into my head. It’s for them I need to be strong. 

My family, my friends, I could feel all your presence. Through your prayers, I knew I was not alone in this.

Halfway through my treatment, it’s easy to see that cancer is more than the patient. The diagnosis impacts your loved ones, the ones closest to you. Your family, friends, work colleagues, community.

I want to say thank you to my family and friends. It is because of your love and support, I am able to get through this.

Thank you to my Sponsors

$1,000

Ana, Damien & Isabel

$520

Tita Jenny Alzeerah

I’m rooting for you every minute of every day because you got the strength and determination to get through this and be back to great health soon. Cheers to your health, Czarina!

$263.75

Angela Williams

Sending much love to you along this journey. #yougothis ❤️

$249.24

Czarina Deldio

$211

Kim & Diana

$211

Mark And Sharon O’connor

$200

Andrew Pryor

Keep up that fighting spirit Czarina

$200

Beth Florece

Sending your way hugs and love as you recuperate and wishing you good days to make up for the lousy ones ❤️

$200

Amanda Hibbert

$158.25

Linh Le-eade

You got this Czarina…. Sending you all the love, strength and positive vibes in the world. Love from Brad, Oscar, Frankie and Linh ❤️❤️❤️❤️

$158.25

Cindy K

$105.50

S Park

Love you!!! So proud of you Czarina ❤️

$105.50

Farrah Hayes

Thank you for giving us a way to support x

$105.50

Karen Vuong

$105.50

Anabel

Go kick its a**

$105.50

Nomusa Ngwenya

$105.50

Calum Mackinnon

$105.50

Jo Monro

You Along with so many people that I know have been on this journey who have shown so much strength and positivity.

$100

Maria

Dearest Nina - you have fought this battle bravely & fiercely… breast cancer had no chance with you ❤️ we are always here for you.

$52.75

Soleile Adviento

$52.75

Carmen Haley

Dearest Czarina, I look forward to supporting you on organising this great event and walk this journey with you. Carmen xx

$52.75

Cielo A

You got this, babe! Fighting!

$52.75

Andrea

You can do this Ate 🙏💪

$52.75

Kath Ho

💗

$52.75

Mary Aguilera Said

Our prayers and best wishes are with you, one step at the time

$52.75

Kunal Chandak

Quite proud of you CD! Lots of love and best wishes and let’s catch up for a coffee soon! Tc

$52.75

Grazie Cp

Dear Czarina, celebrating your courage! My prayers all through out your journey & can’t wait to see you again at all KIA events. Oh, cool sunnies by the way, complimenting your big smile & brave heart 😎 ❤️

$50

Katy Falkingham

$31.65

Medi Laurente

Praying for your fast full recovery, Czarina!🙏🙏🙏. I believe you are brave and fighter.

$20

Mindy Ison