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PAH phlebotomy team stride out in pink for one of their own

18 November 2022

The PAH Phlebotomy team have thrown their steps and their support behind one of their own as part of the PA Research Foundation’s Project Pink Campaign for breast cancer

This cause is close to home for the team after Phlebotomy Team Leader, Simone Romano, stepped back into the role after her second round of treatment in 2020 for breast cancer.

“I was first diagnosed in 2012 when I was 22 and my second round occurred in October 2020,” said Simone. “This last round meant six months of treatment including chemotherapy and radiation including an admission to Ward 2E for a time.

“The nurses in Ward 2E are absolutely amazing! They do so many extra things for patients to make their stay more bearable and this really means so much at the time you are going through it.

“Also, our Phlebotomy team are the best. They have supported me through the ups and downs over my 10 years working here, and I’ve had a lot of support from my managers when I was going through both sets of treatments,” she said.

The Phlebotomy team, made up of many women who also profess a love of pink, are more than happy to make Project Pink visible all over the hospital with their campaign shirts and their combined 350,000+ steps each day.

The team of 35 estimate that on any given day, phlebotomists will each tally anywhere between 10,000 steps for main hospital wards, to 30,000 steps for those servicing rehab wards, making thousands of individual steps for breast cancer research awareness count.

“It means a lot, to see the team gather and help raise awareness of breast cancer and support for research through PA Research Foundation initiatives,” said Simone. “Early detection is so important, so take notice if you have symptoms, no matter how mild.”

Funds raised by the 10,000-step challenge will go towards clinical research and early detection testing designed to reduce the number of people who are affected by breast cancer every year in Australia.

If you would like to support the Phlebotomy Team, you can donate here:

Last updated 18 November 2022
Last reviewed 18 November 2022

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