​100 Squats a Day in April

Thursday 24 February 2022

Join us in our very first Facebook Challenge to raise funds and awareness to give hope to those faced with breast cancer, and their families.

Breast cancer is currently the second leading cause of cancer-related death among females in Australia. The 3,000 squats that you'll complete in April, represent the 3,000+ Aussie families who will lose a loved one to breast cancer this year.

It's not just women that are affected by breast cancer, about 200 Aussie men are diagnosed each year – so get your male friends, family and colleagues involved too!

You'll be helping save lives with the funds you raise which supports revolutionary breast cancer research projects at the PA Hospital Campus, focused on improving diagnostics and treatments – and ultimately patient outcomes.

The fund raised will further breast cancer research to provide better treatment options and improve patient outcomes, including the work of Associate Professor Fiona Simpson and her team at the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute's Simpson Lab.

The Simpson Lab team are currently working towards a phase 2 clinical trial for patients with an aggressive type of breast cancer called HER2 positive which is where cancer cells have a higher than normal level of the protein called HER2 and it spreads faster than other breast cancers and can recur after treatment. The ultimate goal is to be able to provide a better treatment option for patients which actually stops the cancer from coming back after therapy.

This bench to bedside trial will help women suffering from this aggressive form of breast cancer. Everyday people, like mum of two Gemma.

Gemma's breast cancer journey started in 2017, when she was just 27 years old with two young kids. She recalls the shock and fear she felt upon learning her diagnosis of HER-2 positive breast cancer.

Bravely standing up to the disease every step of the way, Gemma underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and a double mastectomy.

It's a race against time to find new treatments to help women facing this aggressive form of breast cancer. Clinical trials are the most important step in validating new treatments for breast cancer and other diseases. After validation, doctors and clinicians can then take it to the patients and your support will allow us to achieve this.

Gemma says "That's why I'm so passionate about supporting research. I could sleep at night if I knew that there was a treatment for my cancer if it came back."

Let's put a stop to breast cancer, one squat at a time!