Australia’s Young Women’s Breast Cancer Charity

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


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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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.


The Advocate – Raising awareness and funding for breast cancer in young women aged under 40

JANUARY 5 2018 - 1:50PM Raising awareness and funding for breast cancer in young women aged under 40  Helping: Robyn Sytcliffe of Devonport is the Tasmanian So Brave ambassador for breast cancer in young women aged under 40. Picture: Phillip Biggs Devonport’s Robyn Sytcliffe is the Tasmanian So Brave ambassador for 2018. So Brave is a...
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Daily Mercury News- Mackay mum remembered at inaugural Nyrie Contor Cup

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Read More – So Brave Calendar 2018

OCTOBER 18 2017 - 1:30PM So Brave Calendar 2018 Janene Carey News FACEBOOKSHARE TWITTERTWEET EMAIL  The 2018 calendar cover Bellingen’s Dr Olivia Bell and Rachelle Panitz, founder of the young women’s breast cancer charity So Brave, joined forces this morning to launch the 2018 calendar. Olivia features as the month of May, wearing full bodypaint...
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Port Lincoln Times – Port Lincoln supports breast cancer cause

OCTOBER 17 2017 - 10:43AM Port Lincoln supports breast cancer cause Latest News The Port Lincoln community has shown its support for breast cancer research at the Breast Health Awareness Day on Sunday. Nearly 100 tickets to the event were sold as information was presented on breast cancer treatment and prevention. Organiser Sue Bishop said there...
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Bellingen Courier Sun – So Brave 2018 breast cancer fundraising calendar

OCTOBER 9 2017 - 8:48AM So Brave 2018 breast cancer fundraising calendar News FACEBOOKSHARE TWITTERTWEET EMAIL  So Brave Project: Dr Olivia Bell spent eight hours being turned into a painted masterpiece before heading to the Promised Lands for a photo session. Bodypaint Artist: Wendy Fantasia. Photographer: Jay Black Photography. RELATED...
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OCTOBER 5 2017 - 3:00PM So Brave calendar launch inspires KATE ZWAGERMAN Latest News +4 Stripping off for a calendar with a difference has not only helped two south-west women regain confidence post-breast cancer, but will also support others on a similar journey. The So Brave 2018 calendar was officially launched in Warrnambool last week, with...
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Colac herald – Breast Cancer Calendar goes in sale this week

Breast health calendar goes on sale this week A Staff Reporter, Monday, September 18th, 2017. Make a commentContact the author Breast cancer survivor Erin Wood says she hopes So Brave’s 2018 calendar will inspire women under 40 to be proactive about their breast health. Breast cancer survivor Erin Wood says she hopes So Brave’s 2018 calendar will...
Read More – Meet Miss December

Meet Miss December! Posted on September 24, 2017 by Genevieve Esgate This weekend has been so exciting for me as the So Brave 2018 Calendar, in which I am the December model, was launched. What I didn’t expect was how emotional the launch night would make me feel. On reflection, it was really an amazing opportunity both for breast cancer...
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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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