SERIOUS MESSAGE: Airing of the Quilts organiser Glenis Pugliese hopes to raise awareness of cancer as much as money.
SERIOUS MESSAGE: Airing of the Quilts organiser Glenis Pugliese hopes to raise awareness of cancer as much as money. Michael Cormack

Regular checks the best advice

HAVING been through cancer herself, Airing of the Quilts organiser Glenis Pugliese knows better than most the value of regular checks.

It is why she hopes Airing of the Quilts will not only raise money on Sunday, but promote greater awareness.

"I believe awareness is the most important thing to fighting back," Mrs Pugliese said.

"For some people cancer is still a frightening word and they would rather not know and therefore do not have their free breast scanning or other medical checks.

"I plead with ladies to go and have their mammograms.

"Yes it can be uncomfortable and sometimes it hurts, but it is still a better option than finding out much too late you have an advanced stage of cancer."

Mrs Pugliese is now six years clear of cancer.

"I'm still on treatment and just taking it one step at a time," she said.

"But I'm really blessed - I get to meet some great people in my job and my girlfriends have been wonderful."

Mrs Pugliese is grateful for the money her event has raised.

"Over the last five years a group of very special friends have raised just over $50,000 to help local people with breast and prostate cancer," she said.

"As a cancer patient myself, I know what it is like to be told those terrible words, but with the wonderful research that is done yearly, more and more of us are proudly saying we have survived."

Airing of the Quilts will run from 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday at 138 Ogilvie Rd.

The event will contain a variety of stalls, raffles and lucky gate prizes.



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