Mum recognised for her 'pink persistence'

A NEWSTEAD mother and breast cancer survivor is so persistent at raising money for medical research that she has won a national award.

Called the Pink Persistence Award, Nicole Darcey received the honour from New South Wales Governor Marie Bashir at a National Breast Cancer Foundation dinner in Sydney last week.

Mrs Darcey, with the support of husband James and a community committee, has raised $119,950 since 2007 at annual social events called "Breasts out for Research" in Launceston and Hobart.

She said the nights were fun events, where women gathered to have donated food and drink and gave the equivalent of what they would have spent on a night out, but it had a serious goal.

Mrs Darcey has three daughters - Grace, 9, Olivia, 5, and Matilda, 1 - and she wants them to be spared her cancer journey.

The national cancer group believes it can achieve zero breast cancer deaths by 2030 through research.

Mrs Darcey said her eldest daughter would be about the same age in 2030 as she was when diagnosed with breast cancer.

She said the fund-raising nights would be held again this year in both Launceston and Hobart during October, which is breast cancer awareness month.

A potential drawcard for this year's event is model and foundation patron Sarah Murdoch.

Mrs Darcey said Murdoch, who was at the award ceremony, was very down to earth and said she would try to visit Tasmania.

Mrs Darcey said the Launceston and Hobart events would be combined to maximise Murdoch's star power, if she attended.

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