Jodie Mcrae of Lismore, founded
Jodie Mcrae of Lismore, founded "Jodie's Inspiration after battling a rare form of breast cancer. They are raising funds for the oncology unit in St Vincent with a Pink Halloween fundraiser on the October 31 at the Trinity Sports Hall. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

How Angelina Jolie launched Jodie's own breast cancer battle

ANGELINA Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy marked the start of Jodie McRae's own life-and-death struggle with breast cancer.

Ms McRae said she was watching a TV interview with Ms Jolie about two years ago when her life changed forever.

"I was talking with my daughter, she was 16 at the time, and I said, 'you need to make sure that you're checking for lumps because you're never too young to get breast cancer'," Ms McRae said.

"I walked away from her and the TV, and I thought to myself, 'you're a hypocrite,' because I didn't check myself.

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"That morning I went in and I checked and straight away I found a lump."

Ms McRae was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer.

Her prognosis is mixed. Ms McRae said her doctors were basically in an ongoing battle to keep her alive long enough to find a cure for her.

"It's what they called a triple negative ... there's no cure for a triple negative breast cancer."

Ms McRae underwent treatment but the following year the cancer returned.

"I was re-diagnosed in September 2014," she said. "It had spread everywhere in my body, it was in all my major organs ... my liver, my lungs, ovaries."

As traumatic as her fight with cancer was, Ms McRae said it had changed her outlook on life, inspiring her to help others.

That change has become a passion to help others through their own cancer journeys, through the formation of a new not-for-profit group, Jodie's Inspiration.

The group will hold its first fundraiser on October 31.

Jodie Mcrae of Lismore, founded
Jodie Mcrae of Lismore, founded "Jodie's Inspiration after battling a rare form of breast cancer. They are raising funds for the oncology unit in St Vincent with a Pink Halloween fundraiser on the October 31 at the Trinity Sports Hall. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Ms McRae said the fundraising target was $40,000 to buy a special machine that will help chemotherapy patients keep their own hair.

"That's something our hospitals here are never going to have access to unless there's many raised specifically for that," Ms McRae said.

Ms McRae said the fundraising event, Pink Halloween, recognised how lives were affected by cancer.

"(The event) is about having fun, catching up with people you haven't seen in a long time and to be able to do something that helps somebody else," she said.

"The tickets are $65 per head, and that includes a canape-style dinner ... SCU are doing the catering for it."

The event will be held on October 31 from 6pm at the Trinity Sports Centre on Dawson St, Lismore.

Those interested in purchasing tickets should call North Coast Hair and Beauty supplies on 6622 0557.

For more information you can visit the Jodie's Inspiration Facebook page.



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