Pink Hope’s CEO, Krystal Barter, shares her experience attending an international conference on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in the UK.
I was lucky enough to be invited by Astra Zeneca to to be apart of a global advisory board with game changers from all across the world. The panel was focusing on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, namely the BRCA gene mutation.Meeting for the first time some of the women that have inspired me in my own journey and role at Pink Hope from organisations like FORCE, SUSAN KOMEN, BRCHA, OVARIAN CANCER AUSTRALIA and from Taiwan, Japan, France, Germany, Brazil, Spain, Canada and many more nations was incredible.
During the few days we were together we shared knowledge from each of our countries covering- resources and information that may be lacking, and areas where we would like to evoke global change.
This meeting highlighted the importance of local and global collaboration to ensure the best outcomes for women and their families who carry a BRCA gene mutation.
It was also an opportunity for me to really take stock of how far Pink Hope has come…. it is not just this little community organisation – it has changed and saved the lives of thousands of women around the country. Everyone who has supported Pink Hope should be so proud of the achievements of the charity.
I decided that to share in this incredible moment and opportunity I would invite Stacey Gadd to join me and meet everyone from around the world who is working hard for families like ours. For those of you who don’t know Stacey she was involved in a 60 Minutes story with me many years ago and has been one of the biggest supporters in the creation of Pink Hope…. Stacey has had an invaluable impact on our organisation. So to share this experience with her was wonderful.
I’m so looking forward to seeing everyone again next year and continuing to move forward on collaborations at a local and global level for all the families we support.