Padbury Pharmacy goes PINK for Breast Cancer.

Jane McGrath, late wife of Australian cricketing great, Glenn McGrath, and co-founder of the McGrath Foundation, was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31. However, it was only after her second diagnosis of the disease some years later that Jane had access to a breast care nurse for the first time. “My breast care nurse allowed me to be Jane McGrath — the friend, mother and the wife — not just the breast cancer patient,” Jane says in her message on the McGrath Foundation website.

The McGrath Foundation was born, with the aim of ensuring every family experiencing breast cancer would have access to a breast care nurse for free. Money raised at the annual Domain Pink Test — where fellow Aussies come together to enjoy the cricket and dig deep to fundraise for a fantastic cause — would be used to fund these breast care nurses.

 “Through my experience with breast cancer, the mission for the McGrath Foundation became clear: to raise money to place breast care nurses in communities across Australia, as well as increase breast awareness in young people, particularly young women. Together, we can make a difference.”

At Padbury Pharmacy, we cannot agree more. That’s why this January, and for the rest of the year, we’ve dedicated our time and effort to raising awareness for breast cancer and continuing the important conversation around this debilitating disease — one that resulted in the diagnosis of 19,371 females and 164 males, an average of 53 people per day, in 2019.

Steve knows the importance of using Padbury Pharmacy and Alex Junior’s platforms, both in store and online, to help the cause, saying “conversation is important, and it gets awareness out there. It really encourages people to take notice”

From the beginning of 2020, you may have noticed something different about Padbury Pharmacy. To kick off the campaign and show our support for breast cancer awareness, the McGrath Foundation and the Domain Pink Test, we turned PINK!

“Pink month was very much breast cancer awareness and focused in and around and in alignment with Jane McGrath and The McGrath Foundation. It tied in really well- I am obviously a lover of cricket and it gave us a great excuse to tune into the test match in store for the time it was on.”



Both in store and across our social channels, Padbury Pharmacy’s usual blue was replaced with the McGrath Foundation pink in solidarity. Even our staff donned pink on January 3rd — the second day of the Domain Pink Test which saw $1.2 million raised! We also sold Cancer Council pink ribbons and fundraised in store — our small contribution to such a worthy cause.



“We managed to transform overnight into pink, which was a fantastic conversation starter and gave us a fantastic opportunity to engage in really good and honest conversations with our customers and staff at both Padbury Pharmacy and Alex Junior.”

Although January is wrapping up, by no means is our support for breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer is the single most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in Australian women. From that statistic alone, it’s clear how important it is to receive regular breast screens and stay on top of your health. For Padbury locals, the closest place to get checked is BreastScreen WA in Hepburn Heights Shopping Centre.



We urge anyone going through breast cancer, whether experiencing it yourself or by the side of a loved one, if you need a shoulder to lean on or someone to talk to, please visit us in store. At Padbury Pharmacy, we do our best to put our community first and support our friends and family in all aspects of life.