The Pink Walk & Button Run is a fun sports event that encourages people to:
Show support for the people who have battled breast cancer, and are still fighting against breast cancer.
Recognise the amazing work of the research team and dedicated breast cancer specialist staff based at Waikato Hospital.
Raise funds to support the Breast Cancer Research Trust’s in developing treatments and cures for breast cancer.
Exercise! After being tucked up inside over winter, it’s a great way to re-start the Spring/Summer outdoor activity!
THE BETTER WE UNDERSTAND BREAST CANCER, THE BEST WE CAN FIGHT IT
In New Zealand, nine women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day, as well as 25 men each year. The Breast Cancer Research Trust is a charitable trust dedicated to obtaining the best outcomes for these women and men who are diagnosed in New Zealand each year – and eventually eliminating the disease.
Research is the best weapon we have to fight breast cancer. By providing our patients with access to clinical trials, we can advance our knowledge of breast cancer, discover best-practice treatments, and aim to achieve the outcomes our patients hope so desperately for.
The Breast Cancer Research Trust runs the Waikato / Midlands regional division of the Breast Cancer Foundation National Register. The Register provides our medical community with data they can use to benchmark against international standards and ensure that our patients are receiving the best possible treatment.
We receive minimal government funding for our vital research, clinical trials and register; we rely on fundraising events, donations, grants and sponsorship to make our research and clinical trial work happen.
And we need your support to help save the lives of our mothers, whaea, daughters, sisters and partners.
The Trust and research team is led by Waikato Hospital breast surgeon, Ian Campbell. Ian has specialised in treating breast cancer for 30 years, and has been lead researcher in more than 45 clinical trials and research projects locally and nationally as well as having involvement in international trials. Working alongside Ian is an amazing team of researchers and other dedicated staff.
The Breast Cancer Research Trust truly value the wāhine/women in our lives and believe that women are like buttons as they hold everything together. Just as a shirt would fall apart without buttons, the lives of thousands of women diagnosed with breast cancer fall apart, as well as the lives of those around them and we are committed to holding lives together through evidence-based breast cancer research.
We proudly connect with patients, doctors, nurses and families in the community at the point of a breast cancer diagnosis and believe that despite breast cancer diagnoses, futures can go on to be ‘bright as a button’.