A FAMILY has raised more than $12,000 for the Armidale Oncology Unit in their campaign to promote aware of male breast cancer.
The Carmichael family began their cancer journey last November when patriarch Rhod was diagnosed with male breast cancer and instead of falling apart they decided to share their story to raise the profile of the disease.
Sally Carmichael said the family’s target of $2000 was exceeded by more than $10,000 over the weekend. “We are truly astounded by the support we have received,” Ms Carmichael said.
“We have certainly managed to raise awareness of male breast cancer and raise some much needed funds for the Armidale Oncology Unit.
“We would like to extend our gratitude to each of the donating businesses for their backing of making male breast cancer something to discuss amongst your friends, family and colleagues. “
The Carmichael Family said these funds would benefit local families dealing with a diagnosis of cancer and would provide equipment which could allow patients to stay in their homes throughout their cancer journey.
“Our message to the community is ‘PINK with a touch of BLUE cause MEN get it too’,” Ms Carmichael said.
The family was supported by more than 400 community members at the Grand Hotel on Friday night for son Sam Carmichael’s head shave.
The night also included silent auctions and raffles with prizes donated by the community.