THE Toowoomba Hospital Foundation is calling on the community to treat someone special on Mother's Day weekend and support local BreastScreen services.
The annual Mother's Day High Tea and Fashion Parade will be held on Saturday, May 13 with all funds raised going towards BreastScreen Queensland's Toowoomba service and raising awareness of breast cancer.
Along with enjoying a high tea and fashion parade, guests will hear from local breast cancer survivor Janice Wheeler who will share her story.
Janice was diagnosed with breast cancer eight years ago at the age of 47 following a routine mammogram at the Toowoomba Hospital.
Following the diagnosis, Ms Wheeler had surgery at the Toowoomba Hospital before undergoing six weeks of radiation treatment.
Ms Wheeler credits the YWCA Encore program, an eight-week exercise program for women who have experienced breast cancer, as a real turning point following her diagnosis.
"When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer I was completely shocked," she said.
"Following my surgery I was visited by Marion Strong, a breast cancer nurse at the Toowoomba Hospital, and she was the one that dropped off the information regarding the Encore exercise group for women who experience breast cancer.
"I had a number of friends who I knew from church who had also been through breast cancer treatment, and so we all went to check out the Encore program together.
"It was so fantastic to meet a group of women who had similar stories to me and to build up my confidence.
"After a little while, I was asked to facilitate the program for other ladies - which I continued to do for four years.
"It's been a real journey helping others on their journey, and it's actually turned out to be quite the blessing."
Ms Wheeler continues to give back to community, working now as a service coordinator for MS Queensland. Toowoomba Hospital Foundation chief executive officer Alison Kennedy said Mother's Day presented the perfect opportunity to treat a loved one and promote the importance of being breast aware for women.
"We all have special women who play important roles in our lives, whether it be a friend, colleague, mother, sister, aunt, or grandmother," Mrs Kennedy said.
"This Mother's Day, we are encouraging everyone to gather their special women, and get together at the high tea to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.
"There will be a lot on offer during the day including a high tea with a glass of champagne, the fashion parade plus plenty of raffles and prizes.
"We are also very lucky to have Janice attending the event who will give guests an insight into her journey with breast cancer and will share the importance of being breast aware, and the joy that can be found after diagnosis."
- Date: Saturday, May 13
- Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
- Location: Gip's Restaurant
- Costs: $45 per ticket - table of 10 for $450. Tickets can be purchased at trybooking.com/PQYU