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Mary wants your support

Friday, 4th March, 2011

SHAVE FOR SUPPORT: Breast cancer survivors Mary Jinks (left) and Leeann Clogg decorate a clothes line with bras at Mary’s home in Williams Street in preparation for tomorrow’s fundraiser SHAVE FOR SUPPORT: Breast cancer survivors Mary Jinks (left) and Leeann Clogg decorate a clothes line with bras at Mary’s home in Williams Street in preparation for tomorrow’s fundraiser

By Kurtis Eichler

Since being diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of last year, Mary Jinks is hoping to share her story with the world.

The mother of two and grandmother of four was diagnosed shortly before her 60th birthday and has already made her first trip to Adelaide for treatment and consultations with doctors.

Now, after recently having a mastectomy, Mrs Jinks is hoping to spread the word and raise money for the local breast cancer support group of which she is now a member.

Mrs Jinks said the idea to have her head shaved to raise money came over a drink with fellow breast cancer survivor Leeann Clogg.

"So we're helping each other," Mrs Jinks told the BDT.

Ms Clogg, who had a double mastectomy two years ago, said breast cancer had "devastated a lot of families in Broken Hill".

As the manager of Westside Plaza, she is organising the "Mary Jinks - Shave For Breast Cancer Support Day" at the Plaza tomorrow.

Local businesses are also jumping on board, with Cafe Kona holding a special breakfast from 9am, with every dollar from every breakfast sold going to Mrs Jinks.

Mrs Jinks will then have her head shaved outside Woolworths at 11am by another breast cancer survivor, Kelly Nesor, which will be followed by a 'decorate a bra' competition.

Rotary will also hold their 'Project Uplift' which provides bras to Pacific Islander women.

Mrs Jinks said her partner, Paul Squire, her daughters and her family and friends had been very supportive since she was diagnosed.

"I've been really lucky, but there are some people out there who don't have that support."

And she doesn't seem too worried about losing her locks for a good cause.

"I'm going to lose it anyway," she said.

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