Meet 8 Breast Care Nurses This Cricket Season

December 11, 2013 4 mins read

2014 marks the sixth anniversary of the friendship between the McGrath Foundation, Cricket Australia, SCG Trust, Cricket NSW and new sponsor Commonwealth Bank. Together, this friendship and the support from the Australian community has raised over $5 million for the McGrath Foundation through a variety of cricketing activities, directly funding eight McGrath Breast Care Nurse positions.

These eight McGrath Breast Care Nurse positions are located in Newcastle (NSW), Campbelltown (NSW), Echuca (Vic), Ballarat (Vic), Fremantle (WA), Ipswich (QLD), Launceston (TAS) and Mount Barker (SA) ‘ all taking us another step closer to 150 McGrath Breast Care Nurses, a number the McGrath Foundation believes needs to be reached so that it can achieve its mission of every Australian family experiencing breast cancer having access to a breast care nurse regardless of their location or their financial situation.

Vicki Bell
Nickname: Rabbit
Role: McGrath Breast Care Nurse

Location: Campbelltown, NSW

Distance to nearest metro city: 55km
Team: Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre at Campbelltown Hospital
Favourite thing about cricket: Crowd participation, the skill of the cricketers… Summer is here!
This is a wonderful nursing opportunity to assist women and their families experiencing breast cancer from diagnosis and through treatment.

Rebecca Chenery
Nickname: Bec
Role: McGrath Breast Care Nurse
Location: Newcastle, NSW
Distance to nearest metro city: 159km
Team: Calvary Mater Newcastle
Favourite thing about cricket: For me, it is watching my son play every Saturday in the local cricket competition in summer. The camaraderie and sportsmanship of the kids and parents alike is the true Aussie spirit!
I am truly blessed to be a McGrath Breast Care Nurse and to wear the McGrath Foundation pink shirt ‘ just as I imagine how proud the Australian players are to wear their ‘baggy green’.

Fiona Reeves

Nickname: Mum
Role: McGrath Breast Care Nurse
Location: Ballarat, VIC
Distance to nearest metro city: 117km
Team: Ballarat Community Health Centre
Favourite thing about cricket: When the Aussies bowl the others out!
In my role as the Ballarat McGrath Breast Care Nurse, I get to meet some amazing women who inspire me to keep doing the work I do.

Clare Bradshaw
Nickname: Just Clare!
Role: McGrath Breast Care Nurse
Location: Fremantle, WA
Distance to nearest metro city: 22km
Team: Fremantle Hospital
Favourite thing about cricket: I love seeing the passion, enthusiasm and atmosphere.
I feel very privileged to touch people’s lives in a positive way.

Karen Miles
Nickname: Pinkie
Role: McGrath Breast Care Nurse
Location: Ipswich, QLD
Distance to nearest metro city: 40km
Team: BreastScreen Queensland, Ipswich Service
Favourite thing about cricket: I love watching us thrash the poms (I am UK born but am now Australian – I have the certificate to prove it)!
I am so fortunate to have a job that I love and am passionate about, supporting my lovely ladies throughout their breast cancer experience.

Bianca Fleming
Nickname: Bancs
Role: McGrath Breast Care Nurse
Location: Echuca, VIC
Distance to nearest metro city: 221km
Team: Echuca Regional Health
Favourite thing about cricket: It brings great memories of the summer, fime with family, and Aussie pride and teamwork.
I enjoy supporting women and their families in Echuca, coordinating care, raising awareness and making a difference wherever I can during a woman’s breast cancer experience.

Marianne Smith
Nickname: Marianne
Role: McGrath Breast Care Nurse
Location: Launceston, TAS
Distance to nearest metro city: 200km
Team: BreastScreen Tasmania
Favourite thing about cricket: Being Swiss born, I didn’t know much about cricket originally. But I soon learnt as I followed my son through school and junior cricket, to now playing local cricket on weekends. It is such a big part of the Australian summer.

It is a real privilege to be able to support women and their families in Northern Tasmania through their breast cancer experience and to be part of the McGrath Foundation family.