Samuel Johnson raises breast cancer awareness at the Coast

Being breast cancer aware and educating Australia on the importance of early detection is the name of the game as actor Samuel Johnson arrives at Griffith’s Gold Coast campus today (Nov 14).

The Secret Life of Us actor is on an epic challenge to cycle 15000 km around Australia on a unicycle as part of his Love your Sister campaign.

Sam’s sister Connie, a wife and mother of two children, unfortunately is terminally ill with breast cancer.

Aiming to break the Guinness World Record

In response, Sam is keeping his promise to Connie which includes raising a million dollars for breast cancer research; raising awareness of the disease that’s killing her, and breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest journey on a unicycle.

This Thursday (Nov 14), Griffith’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and Gold Coast Hospital and Health Services will be supporting Sam in hosting a Sausage Sizzle and Cupcakes Fundraiser outside the Gold Coast campus library.

In a bid to further spread the message of breast awareness and the importance of early detection, the Aussie actor is rising to the challenge of a sponsored race with Griffith Bachelor of Business student and 2008 and 2012 bronze Paralympian Matthew Cameron.

“Our School is very proud to be associated with this extremely worthy cause,” says Professor Ged Williams from the School of Nursing and Midwifery. “We support Sam with his simple message: Every woman in the land needs to be breast aware and not fall for the Boobie Trap! Early detection and diagnosis is the best protection against breast
cancer.

“It’ is so critical to spread the word that anybody can be touched by breast cancer, not just the woman who may be suffering from it but also her family, friends and the wider
community.

“Sam is just a regular guy who has taken out the last two years of his life to dedicate himself to this campaign, and we wholeheartedly commend him.”

The Griffith charity event, which sees all proceeds going to the Garvan Institute, is part of a series of events being held on the Gold Coast this week, and which includes a Sisterhood PJ Party at the Hellenic Function Centre in Bundall on Saturday November 16. (see www.loveyoursister.org)