The Power Of Friendship: with Tracy Bevan, McGrath Foundation Ambassador and Director (AKA Jane McGrath’s best friend)
Smart Breakfast Sydney: Thursday 25 October, 2018
Hosted by Maddocks
“Some people go to priests. Others to poetry. I to my friends.”
Jane McGrath was 31 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. Young, full of life, and about to marry her fiancé, Glenn McGrath, she had only good things ahead of her.
She survived the first diagnosis, only to be re-diagnosed with a recurrence 6 years later. Jane died at age 42, leaving her family, including her two children who were 6 and 8.
Jane left a legacy – she was the inspiration behind and co-founder of the McGrath Foundation, which places McGrath Breast Care nurses in hospitals and communities to support women with breast cancer. Since 2005, the McGrath Foundation has placed 120 McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia and supported 64,000 families experiencing breast cancer.
Many people know Jane’s story, but what many people may not know is that there was a very special person supporting Jane throughout all of her treatment and helping her realise her mission of helping other women and families with breast cancer.
This October, in honour of all the women who have walked the path of breast cancer, and to those who have supported their friends and families through breast cancer, we were delighted to welcome Tracy Bevan, McGrath Foundation Ambassador and Director, and Jane’s best friend, to tell her story.
Tracy and Jane’s story is incredibly moving. It’s full of happiness, pain, success, frustration, tears and laughter. It’s a raw and real story of passion, belief and unwavering commitment.
It’s a story of what is possible through the power of friendship.
And it’s a story we are privileged to share with all of you, to help raise awareness of the incidence of breast cancer in Australia and particularly in younger women, and to raise funds for the amazing work the McGrath Foundation continues to do.
All profits from ticket sales for this event wwent go to The McGrath Foundation.
Tracy moved to Australia from England when she married cricketing legend, Michael Bevan, in 1994.
It was Tracy who helped set up the McGrath Foundation following her best friend Jane McGrath’s diagnosis and experience with breast cancer.
Tracy remains one of the driving forces behind the McGrath Foundation and is dedicated to increasing breast awareness in young people whilst raising much-needed funds to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia. Tracy was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2012 and again in 2017. She has been an Australia Day Ambassador since 2014.
In her current role Tracy acts as an Ambassador and Director on the McGrath Foundation Board. Tracy works closely with members of the community and often speaks at events to raise awareness about the vital role McGrath Breast Care Nurses play whilst encouraging everyone to be breast aware.