With your help, no one misses out on care
This International Nurses Day, the McGrath Foundation is announcing its commitment to fund 250 nurses by 2025 to coincide with the Foundation’s 20th anniversary, as we work towards our mission of ensuring no one goes through breast cancer without care.
To mark this occasion, the McGrath Foundation has partnered with acclaimed visual artist Sarah McCloskey to unveil a powerful homage to the 185 McGrath Breast Care Nurses caring for families impacted by breast cancer across Australia.
The mural in North Sydney represents the more than 20,000 Australians diagnosed with breast cancer each year, the 185 McGrath Breast Care Nurses caring for them today, and the 65 more required to reach our goal by 2025.
Behind the scenes
The powerful mural was designed and painted by acclaimed visual artist Sarah McCloskey and depicts McGrath Breast Care Nurse Joylene Fletcher and her patient Emily Quinlan.
Emily, from Ballarat, was only 25 years old when a shock breast cancer diagnosis turned her world upside down. Working at the local kindergarten and enjoying time with friends and family, Emily was living life as any normal 25-year-old. With no family history of breast cancer or reason to suspect anything was amiss, it was the furthest thing from her mind.
Meet the artist
Sarah McCloskey is a Western Australian visual artist & illustrator based in Sydney. For the last decade, Sarah’s focus has been on producing intricate drawings that aim to explore human emotion and connection. Her whimsical and engaging portraits of women portray both fragility and strength and often seek to explore the many facets of one’s inner and outer self.
Our impact so far
McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia
families have been supported since 2005
McGrath Breast Care Nurses needed to reach our goal of 250 nurses by 2025