Samuel Johnson raises breast cancer awareness at the Coast

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

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

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

Aiming to break the Guinness World Record

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

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

In a bid to further spread the message of breast awareness and the importance of earlydetection, the Aussie actor is rising to the challenge of a sponsored race with GriffithBachelor of Business student and 2008 and 2012 bronze Paralympian MatthewCameron.

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

“It’ is so critical to spread the word that anybody can be touched by breast cancer, notjust the woman who may be suffering from it but also her family, friends and the wider

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

The Griffith charity event, which sees all proceeds going to the Garvan Institute, is part ofa series of events being held on the Gold Coast this week, and which includes aSisterhood PJ Party at the Hellenic Function Centre in Bundall on Saturday November16. (see