Mike shows his support

04/Jun/2013

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Mike Burton with his partner Alycia Reynolds and his children Ashlee (4) and Casey (7) holding a photo of his late wife Vanessa who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2008. Mike Burton with his partner Alycia Reynolds and his children Ashlee (4) and Casey (7) holding a photo of his late wife Vanessa who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2008. Buy this photo

MORLEY resident Mike Burton will add a new item to his work attire on June 21 by wearing a purple bra over his clothes to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care WA services supporting breast cancer sufferers across the state.

Despite anticipating a little embarrassment on Purple Bra Day, the 41-year-old said it was a really good way to raise money for a worthy cause and was happy to support it anyway he could.

The father of two has been involved with Breast Cancer Care WA for four years following his late wife Vanessa's diagnosis in 2008.

Mr Burton said the day Vanessa was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer – a very aggressive fast moving cancer – was bittersweet because it was the same day their second child and only daughter Ashlee was born.

“It was a very difficult time in that you were celebrating the birth of your child and at the same time you are faced with some pretty devastating news,” he said.

The 41-year-old said while Vanessa was sick the support Breast Cancer Care WA gave her and the family was essential.

“The councillors are the unsung heroes – they provide support for sufferers of breast cancer but also have a lot of energy and support for the families,” he said.

“The more money we can raise the more people we can put on the ground in WA and the more chance we’ve got of these guys achieving their goal to get around to every breast cancer sufferer and provide them with support.”

In addition to Mr Burton’s fundraising efforts, he said Bayswater Lacrosse Club will hold its inaugural Breast Cancer Care WA charity match on June 22 where players will purchase and wear purple socks.

Money raised from sock sales and the club’s private function will go towards supporting the organisation.

Mr Burton called on the community to come down, wear something purple, cheer on the team and raise money for Breast Cancer Care WA.


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