Australia’s Young Women’s Breast Cancer Charity

Raising awareness and funding for breast cancer research. Empowering young breast cancer survivors.

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Help educate, empower and fund research – buy your own copies of our beautiful and inspirational 2018 So Brave Breast Cancer Fundraiser Calendar launches soon! Register now!

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Our Stories

Meet our amazing and courageous So Brave Model Ambassadors – each woman diagnosed with breast cancer before 40, sharing their stories that #youngwomengetbreastcancertoo.

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So Brave is dedicated to empowering, educating and improving breast cancer outcomes for young women through our activities and funding research. Proud 2017 McGrath Community Friend.

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Research

So Brave is proud to support research to create a better future for young women with breast cancer – both now and into the future. Read more about our funding and the amazing research we support.

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Empowering Women

This is just incredible. It is such a wonderful concept. Thank you for all your hard work.

Sarah Hosking

CEO, National Breast Cancer Foundation

The calendars provide a great medium for these courageous women to share their stories and draw attention to this worthy cause. Lynne and I wish you every success for the future.

General Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC

Governor-General of Australia

This is a wonderful fundraising initiative for breast cancer research as well as for raising awareness about breast cancer in young women. I commend your organisation on its work and wish you every success with this initiative.

The Hon Greg Hunt MP

Minister for Health, Australian Government

The Project

In 2016 So Brave raised

for breast cancer research and in 2017, travelled

kilometres across regional Australia to raise awareness that

young women will be diagnosed this year, and

will die from Breast Cancer in Australia

In 2017, 900 women under 40 years old will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Our So Brave Model Ambassadors are all diagnosed with breast cancer before they were 40; highlighting So Brave’s core message that young women get breast cancer too. Diagnosis of young women can be missed as mammograms are not routine and are often discouraged due to the dense breast tissue of young women.

For many young women, their diagnosis comes at a pivotal time in their lives when they may or may not have just started having children, have committed to mortgages or are starting to get traction in their careers. The whole of life changes that a diagnosis brings can be absolutely devastating and impacts every facet of life including relationships, fertility and even financial security. In undertaking this project, we shine a light on these brave young women and raise awareness that breast cancer does not discriminate.

It is so important to be #breastaware and be your own best health advocate. The So Brave Project brings together professionals from so many fields – bodypaint artists, photographers, graphic designers, documentary crew, producers and editors, website designers. We are supported across Australia by a long list of advisers and supporters, our amazing board, many friends and families – all coming together to raise awareness and fundraise.

The response from young breast cancer survivors for this project has been both amazing and humbling. Equally so has the overwhelming support from the community who have volunteered their time, skills and venues to this worthy project. Help us in the fight against breast cancer – donate, volunteer, attend or host an event or buy or gift our beautiful Calendar.

Media

Stock Journal – Artist paints brave survivors

Artist paints brave survivors Sarah McArdle 26 Sep 2016, 7:30 a.m. News  AMAZING: Andrea was diagnosed with breast cancer at 36, after losing her distant cousin at 27. PHOTO: El Simpson Photography A farmer’s daughter from Mallala has been using her skill with a paintbrush to help fundraise for a worthy cause. Body paint artist Wendy Fantasia,...
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Geelong Advertiser – Erin is Blooming after shock

A Hamilton Heights woman is one of 12 to feature in the 2018 So Brave Breast Cancer Calendar aimed at raising awareness of breast cancer in women under...
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Living Now – Charity educating women under 40 to be breast aware

Charity educating women under 40 to be breast aware In Women's Health by LivingNowSeptember 12, 20170 Comments On Friday the 22nd of September, So Brave will officially launch as Australia’s young women’s breast cancer charity. The charity specialises in educating young women to be breast aware. So Brave empowers, supports and educates women...
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Port Lincoln Times – Brave ladies ready for launch

Brave ladies ready for launch 12 Sep 2017, 11:55 a.m. LAUNCH: Bec Kolpondinos (pictured) and Ana Ackland will attend the launch of the 2018 So Brave calendar which they both feature in. THE 2018 So Brave Breast Cancer Fundraiser Calendar, featuring local ladies Bec Kolpondinos and Ana Ackland, will be launched in Melbourne later this month. Mrs...
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Kidspot – ‘I was too scared to hold my baby in case I hurt him’

'I was too scared to hold my baby in case I poisoned him' Bek Day | September 12, 2017 Rachelle Panitz was in her third trimester of pregnancy when she noticed an unusual lump in her right breast.   In early 2014, at age 32, with her newborn son just six weeks old and her daughter just turned three, Rachelle Panitz was diagnosed with triple...
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Port Lincoln Times – So Brave calendar to feature Eyre Peninsula breast cancer survivors

So Brave calendar to feature Eyre Peninsula breast cancer survivors 5 Jun 2017, 10:57 a.m.   EMOTIONAL but worth it is how Bec Kolpondinos and Ana Ackland have described their So Brave calendar photo shoots. The pair will feature in the 2018 So Brave calendar which raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research and this year, shines a...
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Farm Online – South-west women take part in So Brave breast cancer fund-raiser

South-west women take part in So Brave breast cancer fund-raiser KATE ZWAGERMAN1 Jun 2017, 5:30 p.m. Farm Online News  Body confidence: Emily Jarvis stood for nine hours as body paint artist Wendy Fantasia worked her magic for the So Brave breast cancer fund-raiser. Picture: Ocean View Photography  It took being next to naked at one of the Great...
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The Standard – South-west women take part in So Brave breast cancer fund-raiser

South-west women take part in So Brave breast cancer fund-raiser KATE ZWAGERMAN1 Jun 2017, 5:30 p.m. Body confidence: Emily Jarvis stood for nine hours as body paint artist Wendy Fantasia worked her magic for the So Brave breast cancer fund-raiser. Picture: Ocean View Photography It took being next to naked at one of the Great Ocean Road’s top...
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South-west women take part in So Brave breast cancer fund-raiser KATE ZWAGERMAN1 Jun 2017, 5:30 p.m. Body confidence: Emily Jarvis stood for nine hours as body paint artist Wendy Fantasia worked her magic for the So Brave breast cancer fund-raiser. Picture: Ocean View Photography It took being next to naked at one of the Great Ocean Road’s top...
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Coffs Coast Advocate – A bright message for young women

A bright message for young women 24th May 2017 5:00 AM Olivia Bell painted by Wendy Fantasia for the So Brave Project.Jay Black Photography by Rachel Vercoe EIGHT hours of patience and detail went into creating a body painted with expertise to raise awareness for a cause effecting many women today. The So Brave project works with survivors, a...
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Leave me breastless – Believe In Your Own Beauty!

Believe In Your Own Beauty! Posted on May 21, 2017 by Genevieve Esgate Last weekend, I had the opportunity that most women won’t get in their lifetime. And what an extraordinary experience it was! I got my body painted (by the most amazing artist Wendy Fantasia) for a fantastic initiative called So Brave, a group who create a calendar of young...
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ABC News – 14th May 2017

Breast cancer survivor disrobes for So Brave charity calendar By Elise Kinsella Updated 14 May 2017, 1:58pm Nearly four years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Genevieve Esgate has stripped away her clothes and been painted from head to foot to raise awareness of the disease in younger women. The mother of two is one of 12 breast cancer...
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