Today marks Jane McGrath day and everyone in the crowd is encouraged to wear pink to support the McGrath Foundation.
Currently there are 51 breastcare nurses in regional areas and two in metropolitan places provided through the foundation’s fundraising efforts with support from the Federal Government.
Mrs Taylor said she has been a bit star struck the last couple of days as she met Australian cricketers, national dignitaries and celebrities including Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, NSW opposition leader Barry O’Farrell and actor Eric Bana. Mrs Taylor said the Prime Minister made an effort to speak to her about breast cancer in regional ares.
“Mr Rudd acknowledged that better cancer care coordination is required for rural Australia and that there is still a long way to go,” she said.
Mrs Taylor praised the vision of the late Jane McGrath, Jane’s friend Tracy Bevan and former test cricketer and Jane’s husband Glenn McGrath.
“Glenn is such an amazing man, he has been so good to us and Jane and Tracy started this idea and it has grown today and helped tens of thousands of people. I am so proud of the efforts of all those who are involved and who get behind the cause,” she said.
Mrs Taylor has encouraged all women to be breast aware.
“The main purpose of the McGrath foundation and its focus during this test match is to encourage women, especially young women to regularly check and not worry about having a mammogram because it could save your life,” she said.