Breast cancer sufferer Delwyn Crawford (left) is supported by friend Nicola Donaldson whose daughter Sarah (7) looks on. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Delwyn Crawford counts herself lucky her cancer was detected,
as she could have ignored a ''flat patch'' of skin under one
Next Sunday, she will join 150 wellwishers at a pink ribbon
breakfast at Luna, Dunedin, which will raise money for breast
Ms Crawford (42), of Dunedin, said the unusual mark resembled
After searching the internet, she decided it might be
harmful. A subsequent mammogram showed nothing, but an
ultrasound identified a 1.2cm lump. She had a lymph node
removal procedure last September, followed by chemotherapy.
On Monday, she starts six weeks of radiotherapy to ensure the
cancer has not spread.
The mother of two had no family history of breast cancer, and
the illness was a ''bolt from the blue''. She thanked her
family, and workplace Signal Management Group, where she is
office manager, for their ''fantastic'' support through her
Breakfast organiser Nicola Donaldson said hearing the bad
news about her close friend of more than 15 years ''broke a
little piece of my heart''. Mrs Donaldson said her friend's
strength and positivity was inspirational. Initially, she
aimed to host up to 30 people. But the event gained momentum,
and about 150 tickets have sold. She has been overwhelmed by
the support in the community.
The breakfast was supported by Luna, and child-care provider
Wild Things. Other businesses had given goods and services
for a charity auction.
The pair hope to raise $5000 for the New Zealand Breast
A University of Otago breast cancer researcher would speak at
May is Pink Ribbon Breakfast month, during which fundraising
events are held around the country to fund research.