May 01, 2018 0 comments

“Without research, I might not be here with my family this Mother’s Day. Thanks to your support, I am.” – Kate Shields

Kate & ChloeWith the kind help of our supporters, Australian Breast Cancer Research (ABCR) is progressing vital research into the prevention, detection and treatment of this awful disease.

This Mother’s Day, I want to share Kate’s heartfelt story with you. Because together, I know we will save more women like her.

Kate was a healthy and active 38-year-old mum when out of nowhere, she felt excruciating pain in her right breast.

In January 2017, after many tests, she was faced with the cold reality of invasive hormonal breast cancer.

You or someone you love may have experienced the frightening shock of a breast cancer diagnosis.

My family and I were devastated and in disbelief. At the beginning it was like this wouldn’t happen to me because I’m young, there’s no history in the family, and you hear of older women experiencing breast cancer. It was a very scary time,” said Kate.

Kate had to endure a long 6-month course of chemotherapy for her treatment.

“I just wanted to be a fighter. But the toughest thing for me was seeing my family suffer. Especially my mum and my 4-year-old daughter, Chloe.”

Your generous support today will help us protect the 50 women diagnosed each day with breast cancer. Will you please make a gift to ABCR today? 

The aggressive tumour invading Kate’s right breast was estrogen receptor positive.

If you or your loved one has been through breast cancer, there’s a high chance it was estrogen receptor positive because it’s the most common type of breast cancer. 75 per cent of all breast cancers are estrogen receptor positive, which means the cancer cells grow in response to the hormone estrogen.

You’ll be pleased to know that with your generous support, dedicated researchers like Dr Theresa Hickey and her team from the Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories have made lifechanging advances in beating hormonal breast cancer!

Because estrogen receptor positive breast cancer has a targeted treatment many patients develop resistance, leaving them with no option other than chemotherapy, which as you may know, is a gruelling treatment option.

The good news is, this vital research is set to change this for our loved ones and you can help.

“We know that the major cause of death from breast cancer is resistance to current estrogen receptor target therapies, so through our research we are developing alternative approaches to treat or prevent therapy resistant disease,” said Dr Hickey.

With your kind gift today, Dr Hickey and her dedicated team can ensure more mothers can spend time with their families this Mother’s Day.

Will you make a kind gift to ABCR today to make sure this lifesaving work continues?

With your generous support, more people like Kate are surviving breast cancer. But for some women, there is no happy ending.


“Breast cancer affects so many people – mothers, daughters and grandmother’s, and all these people that are going through this. And that’s why research is so important and I’m so grateful for all the research being done, because I’m still here today. The more we know about breast cancer, the more lives we can save,” said Kate.

“Unfortunately, there’re so many other people that don’t get told they are cured, like I did. I would encourage anyone to donate any amount they’ve got, because it can all pull together to help with research. Everything is valued.”

Mother’s Day means everything to Kate and her precious family.

“Last year was tough, but this Mother’s Day I’ll wake up excited, because I’m alive. I’ve been given the all clear.”

Your kind gift will help us continue supporting researchers like Dr Hickey who dedicate themselves to vital research to beat breast cancer for our mother’s. Our daughters. Our grandmothers. And our families.

“Chloe’s my only child and I’m really protective of her. I would hope that in the future that this wouldn’t exist for my daughter and more families.”

I hope you consider making a gift to protect more mothers and their families from the devastation of breast cancer.

Thank you for caring and Happy Mother’s Day.


Did you know? For every $1 you donate, we provide over $4 in grants to lifesaving breast cancer research. This is because we are part of The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) Group. Our administration costs are covered by THRF’s commercial business activities (such as its lottery program), which also boosts our funds to research and patient care each year. You can feel proud knowing your donation makes an even bigger impact to the health and wellbeing of your community.

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