Colourful campaign for cancer survivors

Colac’s Erin Wood wore body paint for the So Brave Breast Cancer Fundraiser Calender. She is pictured with artist Wendy Fantasia.

Colac’s Erin Wood says she stepped out of her comfort zone and embraced an empowering moment to feature in a national breast cancer fundraising calendar.

Erin is part of next year’s So Brave Breast Cancer Fundraising Calendar, which breast cancer survivor Rachelle Panitz founded to raise awareness and funding for research and to empower young women and breast cancer survivors.

The 2018 calendar focuses on regional Australia and features breast cancer survivors who artist Wendy Fantasia body paints and photographers shoot in regional areas, with the aim to raise breast awareness among rural communities.

Doctors diagnosed Erin with breast cancer in 2015 and Erin said she was still undergoing hormone treatment, which she expects to continue for the next five years.

Erin said Colac’s McGrath Breast Care nurse Michelle Hamblin encouraged her to apply to be part of the project and she was surprised to learn she would feature in the calendar.

She said the photo shoot pushed her out of her comfort zone but was a celebration of her time since her diagnosis and an opportunity to speak out about breast cancer.

“I think one of the reasons I pushed myself to do this, because it’s not normally something that I would put my hand up for, was because it’s for such an important cause,” she said.

“I’d normally put my hand up for letting women know it can happen at any age, it doesn’t discriminate, and that’s the main focus for me.

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