Our founder Krystal has created Pink Hope and stepped out from the shadows of her families cancer to become a passionate and determined woman.
Krystal’s family carries the BRCA1 gene fault and many women in her family have been diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer including her Mum who was diagnosed with breast cancer at just 36, her nan at 44 and her great grandma at 68.
At age 22, after years of uncertainty Krystal underwent genetic testing and returned positive for the BRCA gene (the same gene fault that made worldwide headlines in 2013 by Angelina Jolie). The next few years were filled with anxiety as she navigated the choices and options available to her. It was during this time Krystal realised there was no unique organisation focused on the needs of families facing an increased risk of cancer.
At only 25 and with a husband and young family, Krystal made the difficult decision to break the cycle of cancer that plagued her family. Krystal had a preventative double mastectomy in 2009. Krystal was one of the first Australian women to publicly share her story and preventative surgery, giving a face and awareness to BRCA and prevention. 60 Minutes.
In 2014 at 31, Krystal took the next step in her BRCA journey and had her fallopian tubes and one ovary removed to reduce her risk of ovarian cancer.
Krystal says “Having experienced the isolation and lack of information for high-risk women like me, I decided to be proactive about helping others which lead to me creating Pink Hope. I have made it my personal mission to provide information, resources and support for the high-risk community.”
Within a short period of time Pink Hope has grown to become an organisation and community that provides support and inspiration to hundreds of thousands of families around the country. Becoming more than just my story, its a vehicle to shine a spotlight on our community, educate the wider community, advocate for core issues and change the future for families like mine.
Author of Memoir The Lucky One
Krystal became a published author of the memoir “The Lucky One” her whole story of love, courage and transformation. Krystal writes, for the first time, of her troubled teenage years and struggle with drugs and body issues; of meeting and falling in love with her husband Chris and discovering she was pregnant at only 21; of the support she has received from her family and husband; of undergoing IVF only to fall pregnant naturally with her daughter Bonnie; and of where to next for Pink Hope and Krystal as she still faces down her increased risk of ovarian cancer. Purchase The Lucky One Here
Community/Government Awards & Speaking Engagements
Krystal and Pink Hope has received many government and community awards. Including NSW Finalist Woman of the year 2012, Finalist Young Australian of the year 12, Harpers Bazaar Woman of Influence, Madison Magazine Inspirational Woman & Warringah young citizen of the year.
Krystal is an experienced public speaker with an incredible personal story to share. She is able to deliver speeches and corporate presentations that are educational and motivational. To discuss a speaking opportunity please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krystal says: “Knowledge is power, a gift. Something many generations before us never had. Whatever proactive approach or option you choose to take on your journey, always remember, Pink Hope is here to support you.”