Many people call them angels.
They call themselves professionals. 

Whatever they’re called we know they make a difference. McGrath Breast Cancer Nurses are teachers, guides and confidantes. They treat, they explain and they comfort. They are the ‘angel’ who walks with a patient and their family through what can be one of the most frightening times of their lives. They blush when they’re called angels, but to many people there’s no word more fitting.

My angel in disguise

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 42 and met Sue, my McGrath Breast Care Nurse shortly after.

Sue helped my husband Scott and I make difficult decisions about my treatment. She also formed a bond with my two teenage daughters, Amelia and Kiara, guiding them through processing what I was going through.

She has been my angel and confidant many times throughout my breast cancer experience. She always seems to ring when I needed her the most. She provides reassurance and calms me.

I don’t know what my family and I would have done without her.”

– Janine Mercer, 2018 


"I’m no angel but...

every day I make a difference by using my intuition. I’m told I always seem to ring at just the right time! My patients feel like they can talk to me about everything and anything and this trust is something I feel very privileged to have.

I’ve been a McGrath Breast Care Nurse since 2014, a registered nurse since 1995 and I also have a Graduate Certificates in Palliative Care, Gerontology and Breast Cancer Nursing.

The most important thing I do for my patients is listen. This means I can ask appropriate prompting questions at times, but focus on letting my patients talk out their issues.”


– Sue Bird, McGrath Breast Care Nurse, Wallaroo SA

"She walked beside me...

in my breast cancer experience and continues to do so.

I’de been having mammograms for 20 years so I thought it was strange when I didn’t receive a letter telling me I was in the clear.  I was 72, and I had retired 12 months earlier.  On that same day I received a call telling me to go to BreastScreen SA.

Having worked as a nurse for 50 years, I realised I wouldn’t be able to fight the breast cancer experience, and would have to walk with it.  My husband Cole had been through Lymphoma so we knew there was no pussyfooting around the cancer issue. Sue helped us both.

Sue ensured that breast cancer did not consume my life, that I was able to remain a person and keep my identity – I could talk freely to Sue”.

– Judith Peters, 2018

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Make a difference this Christmas

A time for celebration and a time for families to come together. Yet for thousands of Australian families experiencing breast cancer it’s a particularly difficult time.

With your amazing support, we’re able to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses to help make life that little bit easier for those families.

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Donations FAQ

The McGrath Foundation uses donations to fund existing McGrath Breast Care Nurses to support people with breast cancer and their families across Australia and plan for more nurses in the future.

Yes, regular monthly donations are a powerful way to ensure our McGrath Breast Care Nurses can continue to support breast cancer patients into the future. Donations can be set up through our website or by contacting the Donation team on (02) 8962 6100 or email

Yes. Donations over $2 are tax deductible for Australian residents. If you make a one-off donation via our website, a receipt will be emailed to you immediately. If you generously sign up to donate monthly, your receipt will be sent at the end of the financial year. For more information about tax deductibility you should seek financial advice or visit the ATO website.

Phone: To donate over the phone please contact our donations team on (02) 8962 6100 or email us at so we can contact you.

Direct Deposit:  To deposit directly into the McGrath Foundations bank account please download the donation form to find our bank account details.

Cheques/money orders: Please make your cheque or money order payable to the “McGrath Foundation”, and ensure your donation is accompanied with your name, address and the reason for your donation. Please post it to The McGrath Foundation at: PO Box 611, North Sydney NSW 2059.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible to Australians resident for tax purposes. For more information about your tax you should seek financial advice from your accountant or visit the ATO website.

Minimum website donation value is $10. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Amex & one off donations through Paypal.