20,000 women are diagnosed with Breast Cancer each year 

1 in 7 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime 

Survival Rate for Breast Cancer beyond 5 years is 91% 

Cancer doesn’t stop and neither do we.  

Our wellness centre here in Buderim currently supports more than 300 beautiful women who are receiving treatment for breast cancer. And we don’t plan on slowing down any time soon.  

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are going all out in pink to raise awareness and support women across the Sunshine Coast impacted by breast cancer who seek our support. 

Help us achieve our goal of raising $32,700 to provide: 

  • Full sponsorship for 100 women for After Breast Cancer (ABC) program ($250/client) = $25K  
  • 100 complimentary lymphoedema /massage / reflexology treatments for women with breast cancer ($77/client = $7.7K  



At 46 years old, Sally Doran knew that sometime she would lose her parents, but when her mum Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 73, it was the beginning of a frightening and uncertain time.

“I was really afraid, but I didn’t want to be too upset in front of Mum because I didn’t want her worrying about me. But I was a mess. I was crying all the time,” Sally shared.

“It’s scary — it’s the unknown. And to think of my dad having to do without her, it makes you contemplate all these really big things.”

Uncertainty about what the treatment would entail and what that would feel like for Helen was troubling for Sally.

“We were so lucky because the first surgery went well and they got it all, so the chemo was preventative, we weren’t really fighting the cancer at that point,” Sally said.

“But Mum had a lot of complications from the chemo and she was in hospital a lot, and it was in the middle of COVID (lockdown), which added its own challenges.

“My dad, he dropped her off to the Emergency Department two or three times and he thought he would never see her again.

“It’s that sort of sadness and fear, I think it just made us appreciate each other more. But I felt helpless, like there wasn’t much I could do, so reaching out to Bloomhill [Cancer Care] was something I felt I could do and I took charge of that.

“I said to Mum, I think you should go, I think you need something you can do; most of it’s in the hands of the doctors and you don’t understand a lot of it, so I needed to find something I could do, and so I got her connected to Bloomhill.”

‘It’s so important to connect with others’

Sally said one of the benefits of connecting with Bloomhill was the chats Helen was able to have with other people with a cancer diagnosis.

“I know she really enjoyed talking to the other patients, because a lot of people don’t understand it. And there were things Bloomhill helped her with that the doctors didn’t pick up, so for example it was the nurses who picked up the complications with chemo. They said, go talk to the doctors about this’.

“We were so fortunate to have that – because we nearly lost her to the complications, not to the cancer.”

Helen is now in remission, but has challenges arising from cancer treatment including peripheral neuropathy, which she is now receiving help for at Bloomhill.

“She’s such a capable woman, it’s hard to see her have to slow down [by the neuropathy in her feet]. She’s 75 but she doesn’t act like she’s 75.

“So it’s been a real up and down couple of years.

“We’re so grateful that she’s out the other side, and to have a service like that [Bloomhill] that’s not just a hospital. It’s pretty wonderful, I don’t know many places that do have something like that.”

Bloomhill’s care team is honoured to be able to continue helping Helen live well through and after cancer.

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2021, Bloomhill Cancer Care aims to raise $25,000 to enable the care of 100 women through our Strength After Breast Cancer program. Every dollar counts. Please donate below.


As an active member of the women’s rights advocate Zonta for 35 years, Helen Gibson had made breast cushions for women with cancer, but she never expected to be on the receiving end of such support herself.  

Helen was 73 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  

A Sunshine Coast resident, Helen lives a busy life with her husband Peter on their farm at North Arm. She recalled the shock and denial she felt.  

“Naturally, when I got the diagnosis, I was like everybody, I completely denied it,” Helen said. “I said to the doctor, ‘that can’t be right’, but I had to go ahead with treatments.  

“We had just booked to go to Brazil for our son’s birthday, and I said, ‘no I can’t do that, I’m going to Brazil’. They said, ‘no, you’re going to hospital to have these treatments done’.” 

Her surgeon, Dr Felicity Adams, was “wonderful”, Helen said. The operation was successful in removing the cancer and follow up checks gave Helen the all-clear.  

She had chemotherapy as a preventative treatment, but it caused a condition that could have killed her if it hadn’t been picked up.  

Her daughter, Sally, had connected Helen with Bloomhill Cancer Care.  

“I went to Bloomhill on a number of occasions. I saw a nurse, and a psychologist who helped me through a very challenging time, and I had massages,” she said.  

“The nurse was very, very helpful. In fact I credit the nurse with probably saving my life, because one time I was there, my temperature was up a bit. She said to my husband, ‘Peter, I think you’d better make sure that her temperature does not change tonight’.  

“As it happened, it did. So I was into Emergency, at 11 that night. They had to give me a bag of blood. It turned out the chemo had caused a thing called GAVE Disease: a condition where the stomach wall starts to bleed.  

“I was in hospital quite a lot for quite a long time.  

“But if it hadn’t been for that nurse warning us what could have happened, I don’t know that I’d still be here today.” 

Helen said it was a pleasure to go to Bloomhill.  

“I found everyone there so empathetic and so helpful,” she said. “The serenity of the place … and everyone is just really lovely. And they understand what you’re going through.  

“I had quite a long journey with the GAVEs … but I do credit Bloomhill with helping me through most of it in the beginning, and probably saving my life by talking to my husband that day. 

“From the moment you go there, even having little handmade hats and beanies there, because of course the hair falls out [with chemo] — you felt that they really understand. 

“A lot of people just don’t quite understand what you’re going through, and the journey is your own so in a way nobody can. But it was wonderful to have the psychologist to talk to about anything – I found her really helpful, and a place to go where everyone did actually understand. 

“Bloomhill is so excellent for people with cancer. I had reflexology and massage — and they were absolutely wonderful. They really understand your condition and what you need, it’s not like going to a masseur for the sake of having a massage.  

“Sally was the one who introduced me there and registered me, I didn’t know anything about it, but I was so thankful that she did.” 

Helen’s daughter Sally Doran is co-founder of Infectious Clothing and was in September named 2021 Corporate Business Woman of the Year in the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Awards.  

Infectious Clothing has kindly donated pink scrubs to Bloomhill nurses in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and is helping raise funds for Bloomhill, contributing to our $25,000 goal. Raising these funds would enable the support of 100 people through our Strength After Breast Cancer program.  

If you would prefer to make a direct deposit via bank transfer, please find our bank details below:

Account: Bloomhill ANZ Account

BSB: 014-306

ACC: 470246806

REF: breastcancer

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