Jane McGrath is the late wife of Australian cricketing great, Glenn McGrath and the co-founder of the McGrath Foundation. Her public experience with breast cancer and the impact of her own breast care nurse set her commitment and the mission for the Foundation: to ensure that every family experiencing breast cancer would have access to a breast care nurse no matter where they lived – for free. Jane passed away in 2008, having secured funding for 50 McGrath Breast Care Nurses and with the Foundation set to carry on her mission. In January every year we celebrate Jane McGrath Day in her memory at the Sydney Pink Test.
A message from Jane McGrath
“I was just 31 when first diagnosed with breast cancer.
Glenn and I were inspired to create the McGrath Foundation after my initial recovery, to help support other Australian women touched by breast cancer.
It wasn’t until I was rediagnosed, that I was fortunate enough to have access to a breast care nurse for the first time.
It was like having someone hold my hand through one of the worst nightmares of my life.
My breast care nurse allowed me to be Jane McGrath – the friend, the mother and the wife – not just the breast cancer patient. She was someone who could provide both Glenn and I with informed, sensible answers to the many questions we had during the often complicated and confusing treatment process.
Through my experience with breast cancer, the mission for the McGrath Foundation became clear: to raise money to place breast care nurses in communities across Australia, as well as increase breast awareness in young people, particularly young women.
Breast cancer doesn’t care how old you are, where you live, whether you’re a career woman or a mother. Breast cancer is a disease that currently affects one in eight Australian women of all ages and backgrounds. Please help the McGrath Foundation support people across Australia.
Together, we can make a difference.”
When best friends unite
“I made a promise to my best friend Jane before she passed that I would continue what we started at the McGrath Foundation.
She would be incredibly proud of everything we are achieving because of the amazing support we receive every day. Her legacy lives on strong.”
– Tracy Bevan, Ambassador and Director