Professionals Real Estate has revealed that it has contributed more than $3.3 million to support breast cancer research in its capacity as a partner of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
CEO David Crombie said that Professionals’ offices donate a portion of their commission from each property sale and hold fundraising events throughout the year.
“October is a special month at Professionals, with an NBCF marketing pack provided to all of our offices to use in their marketing in support of NBCF,” the CEO said.
Mr Crombie said that there was a limited research budget in Australia, with many researchers competing for the same funding.
“This means [that] a lot of high-quality research simply doesn’t get funded, unless that funding comes from the community.
“That’s why Professionals has had such a long-standing relationship with NBCF, because we are both looking to change breast cancer outcomes for patients and their families.”
NBCF CEO and professor Sarah Hosking said that research is not just a stopgap for today; it is [also] the key to stopping breast cancer deaths in the future.
“The only way we will do this is through developing better methods to identify, treat and prevent the disease,” Ms Hosking said.
“As NBCF is 100 per cent community-funded, we are completely reliant on support from the community and the generosity of our corporate partners, so their donations will go a long way to helping us achieve our goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.”
She said that the future that both the NBCF and Professionals want is one where women don’t die from breast cancer.
“A world where targeted, effective treatments with fewer side effects leaves those diagnosed with breast cancer with a normal quality of life beyond diagnosis and treatment.”
Professor Hosking said that the Australian government has reported that the five-year survival rate for breast cancer has increased from 90 per cent to 91 per cent.
“A significant change considering the population of Australians diagnosed with breast cancer each year. This is the second such increment in three years, and a sure sign that NBCF’s audacious goal ‘Towards Zero Deaths by 2030’ is on track thanks to targeted breast cancer research.”