Clytie Williams (pictured with her grandson James) was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Now 53, Clytie has been chosen as a National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) ambassador for the Pink Ribbon Breakfast to be hosted by Tip Top Sunblest® this morning in Federation Square, Melbourne.
When asked to comment on being chosen as a NBCF ambassador, Clytie Williams said, “I’m proud to have survived breast cancer and am pleased I am able to give back, through my knowledge and understanding of the illness. It’s important for sufferers and their families to be able to share what they are going through and to know there are people that can help.”
Clytie says the unwavering support she received from her family was instrumental in helping her through her breast cancer ordeal, and advises breast cancer sufferers to take each day as it comes.
Clytie relied on the support of her family, including husband James, children Evan, Kip and Clemmie, and grandson James, to help her through her illness. Each member of Clytie’s family faced different challenges while supporting her with breast cancer, which impacted the Williams’ emotionally and through changes in lifestyle.
Clytie also credits embracing the practices of meditation and painting, for getting her through her illness.
“Breast cancer should not define someone, although the experience does become a part of you. I am not only a breast cancer survivor, but also a mother, wife, friend, daughter, grandmother and career woman,” said Clytie.
The Tip Top Sunblest® Pink Ribbon breakfast will be held today, Monday 27 October, 2008 at Federation Square, Melbourne, from 6am to 9am.
Mix 101.1FM’s Two Women and a Metro radio show will broadcast live from the breakfast, with family entertainment including circus performers and face painting.
Michael Moore, celebrity chef and executive chef at Sydney’s Summit restaurant, will also be on hand at the event conducting cooking demonstrations, with Tip Top Sunblest® providing free breakfast in exchange for gold coin donations to the NBCF. NBCF ambassador for Tip Top Sunblest®, Clytie Williams, will also be a special guest attending the breakfast.
In its role as Diamond Partner, Tip Top Sunblest® will host and support a series of Pink Ribbon breakfasts and community events around the country today to raise money for the NBCF’s research programs into the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer, including Wollongong’s Thongs and Sarongs in the Gong event.