Pink fundraiser cause close to home for family
Cricket fields will soon transform into pink beacons of hope in aid of a special cause that's close to a Coast family's heart.
The Sunshine Coast Cricket Association will hold their inaugural Pink Stumps Round next weekend to raise funds for local charity Bloomhill Cancer Care.
Clubs across the Coast are being encouraged to wear pink and fundraise during the weekend's action on pitch.
Having witnessed first-hand the heartbreaking impacts of cancer, the fundraiser is an especially important cause for the Armstrong family.
Wendy Armstrong and her two sons Blake and Mitch will among those leading a pink charge at Maroochydore cricket club.
Mrs Armstrong said her mother, Jenny Emerson, was a two-time survivor of breast cancer.
Her mother's first bout of the disease came about 12 years ago with Mrs Emerson having to have a mastectomy of one breast.
"After that first surgery she had to have mammograms and check ups annually and two years ago she was told she had another tiny spot that was probably nothing but it was actually breast cancer again.
"It was smaller than a grain of rice.
"So, she had a second breast removed.
"But, she has a bit of a joke about it that she doesn't have to pay for bras anymore."
Most recently Mrs Armstrong said her cousin's wife was also diagnosed with breast cancer and had to have a mastectomy too.
"So, it's (cause) close to home for us," she said.
"We understand that breast cancer can be in men as well and all forms of cancer have touched every family in every community.
"It's quite rife unfortunately."
She said her sons Blake and Mitch were always eager to get behind any cause but the Pink Stumps event was a particularly special one.
"They are very close to their grandmother and they were alive when she had both bouts and have seen the before and after care and what's involved," she said.
"So, it's emotional.
Mrs Armstrong is also the fundraiser co-ordinator at the Maroochydore Cricket Club was looking forward to seeing plenty turn out in pink in support of the event.
"We just wanted to be able to raise some funds for a local cancer group in Bloomhill Cancer and to be able to help someone in the future," she said.
"We know personally how much work, energy and emotion is involved in the before and after care of any treatment or surgery with people with any form of cancer as well."
The SCCA is encouraging all Coast clubs to brighten up fields in any way they can, whether it's a pink middle stump, ribbon, band or hat and to donate in the process.
Mrs Armstrong said Maroochydore Cricket Club would host a raffle across Saturday and Sunday's home games with a basket of goodies up for grabs.
"Each club will do their own thing and all money will be put together for Bloomhill Cancer Care."
SCCA secretary will cook up a storm in advance in a bid to sell a number of delicious homemade cup cakes.
Orders can be made in the lead up via email@example.com