Christina McKelvie, MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, has shown support for women affected by breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging their constituents to take part in the UK’s biggest, brightest and pinkest fundraiser.
Wear it pink, taking place on Friday 21st October, is back for its 15th year. Supporters across the country are encouraged to add a flash of pink to their wardrobe for the day and raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research. To date, wear it pink raises close to £2 million each year for world-class research into breast cancer.
Christina joined fellow parliamentarians in Holyrood to encourage people across Scotland to get involved and help support Breast Cancer Now’s efforts to ensure that, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer lives – an ambition shared by the Scottish Government and all party leaders in Scotland.
Commenting on the day, Christina said:
“Around 4,600 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Scotland. Almost 1,000 people die from the disease. We must act now to stop this devastating disease in its tracks.
“Breast Cancer Now’s cutting edge research is making a huge difference. But we all need to join forces and act now, to do our bit to stop women dying from breast cancer by 2050. I’m fully behind the charity’s ambition and I support wear it pink.
“I hope everyone in the local community will join me by wearing it pink on Friday 21 October and show their support for Breast Cancer Now.”
Breast Cancer Now’s Director for Scotland, Mary Allison, said:
“I’m delighted that MSPs are coming together again this year to support wear it pink. Their continued support means a lot.
“More Scots are being diagnosed with breast cancer than a decade ago and it remains the most common cancer among women. We also know that while huge progress has been made in improving survival, almost 1,000 people a year in Scotland still die from this devastating disease.
“That’s why we need to continue to support research and find better ways to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer.”
Sign up to wear it pink on Friday 21 October to support Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research. For more information or to register, visit www.wearitpink.org.