Breast cancer nurse Karen Miles sits on an exanimation bed and shows off her McGrath Foundation football socks. The McGrath Foundation is launching a Pull On Your Socks campaign for football clubs to raise raise money for breast cancer. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
Breast cancer nurse Karen Miles sits on an exanimation bed and shows off her McGrath Foundation football socks. The McGrath Foundation is launching a Pull On Your Socks campaign for football clubs to raise raise money for breast cancer. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter

Footballers think pink

MEN really don't mind wearing pink, especially if it's for a good cause.

The McGrath Foundation's Pull On Your Socks campaign recruits footy players who want to add a splash of pink to their footy field.

With Mother's Day coming up, footy clubs in the Ipswich region are encouraged to sport the new McGrath Foundation Pink Footy Socks as a symbol of support for the women who contribute to the game.

The foundation provides a breast care nurse in the Ipswich region, Karen Miles, and is soon to employ a second to meet the needs of cancer-stricken women.

"I look after women from the time of diagnosis, through their surgery, treatment and beyond," Ms Miles said.

"I see ladies at the hospital, in the chemotherapy suite or at home. We're seeing a lot of breast cancers in country areas, where they've got such poor access to services.

"The incidence of breast cancer is going up. It's now one in nine women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer some time in their life."

Ms Miles' youngest patient in the Ipswich region is 26 years old, although she has cared for a 16-year-old with breast cancer.

"Young women tend to have the most aggressive form of breast cancer," she said.

"Five years ago, I saw 45 women in total. Last year I saw 130."

McGrath Foundation director Tracy Bevan said support from the wider football community would go a long way to achieving the goal of ensuring that all Australians had access to a breast care nurse.

Clubs can now register to participate in Pull On Your Socks and buy their pink footy socks at the website mcgrathfoundation.com.au.



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