Cancer campaigners will turn MCG pink

Mike Layton, Tracey Layton, Garry Reed, Michelle Hamblin and Janine Benson will take over the Melbourne Cricket Ground with 15,000 other people for a Field of Women event.

Mike Layton, Tracey Layton, Garry Reed, Michelle Hamblin and Janine Benson will take over the Melbourne Cricket Ground with 15,000 other people for a Field of Women event.

A GROUP of Colac and district women and men will join thousands of people in a breast cancer campaign at the Melbourne Cricket Ground next weekend.

The Breast Cancer Network of Australia estimated more than 15,000 women and men would receive a breast cancer diagnosis in Australia this year.

The Field of Women event will involve 15,000 people wearing pink and blue ponchos taking to the field at the MCG on May 11 to form the Pink Lady breast cancer awareness logo.

Colac Area Health McGrath breast care nurse Michelle Hamblin said 16 people from Colac had signed up to attend the event. “We’re organising a bus from Colac, the bus is going to be covered by the Colac Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group,” Ms Hamblin said.

Breast cancer survivor Tracy Layton learnt she had breast cancer in 2008 and will attend the event for the second time.

Ms Layton said the trip on the bus was a positive experience for those involved.

“There are a lot of laughs on the bus and you get to meet more people, it helps to make it more of a group thing,” Ms Layton said.

“It’s a fantastic feeling with everyone united for a common cause,” she said.

“When you see 15,000 other people standing with you, it’s inspiring as well as sad because there are people there who are grieving.”

Male participants of the event have the option of wearing a blue poncho to represent men with breast cancer.

Ms Layton’s husband Mike Layton said it was hard for partners to know what to do when supporting their loved ones during cancer treatments and the event would be a way to show their support.

“I was lucky because Tracy was so strong, always had a smile on her face and stayed very positive,” Mr Layton said.

“I think it’s a great time for the people going through it or the partners to talk to people in the same spot as them,” he said.

“It’s nice to know you’re not the only one going through it.”

Tickets to the event costs $55 and all proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Network of Australia. The tickets include a poncho, back-pack and entry to the Melbourne Demons and Western Bulldogs Australian Football League game after the Field of Women event.

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