Who are Purple Hearts?

We are an enthusiastic group of Perth women, each motivated to make a positive difference in the quest against these devastating diseases. In 2015 we raised over $85,000 for the Weekend to End Women’s Cancer and were the #1 fundraising team in Western Australia.

The 2016 Team

Fiona Wong
Louise Williams  
Kristen Nowak
Elyshia McNamara
Angela Bell
Corrina Tolomei
Melisa Erak
Everlyne Owili
Meredith Eddington
Anna Hill
Tina Ly

The Reason

Have you or one of your family, friends or colleagues been touched by a women’s cancers? Unfortunately, the sobering statistics mean that all of us do know women who are fighting, or have fought a breast or gynaecological cancer (ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal, vulval and fallopian tube). Tragically, despite amazing medical advances, too many of the women we know diagnosed with these cancer still do not survive them.

The Cause

Medical research has already made dramatic improvements, and is the only avenue through which we can prevent more of our loved ones from suffering from these often devastating diseases in the future. We need world-class medical research specifically targeted to women’s cancers, like that being conducted at the Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research.

The dedicated researchers at the Harry Perkins Institute are striving to make pivotal discoveries to reduce the incidence and death from women's cancer, through:

  • more sensitive, accurate and earlier detection
  • more effective and targeted treatments, with lesser side effects, and
  • preventions/cures.

A new Centre for Women’s Cancers Research is being created, with a dedicated Professor in Women’s Cancers driving the research of a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists.

The How

Purple Hearts will participate in The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers, walking 60km over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd April 2016. All funds raised through The Weekend power crucial women’s cancers research at the Harry Perkins Institute. Purple Hearts is passionate about raising vital funds to help underpin this important research. The 2016 Purple Hearts Ball will be our team’s major fundraising event. Like our inaugural 2015 Ball, it will be an evening filled of glamour, enjoyment and excitement, along with sentiment and meaning as we don’t forget the reason of the fundraising.

The meaning behind our “Purple Hearts” name and logo

The “Purple Heart” is a US Military decoration with a rich history, originally established by General George Washington in 1782. In modern times it is awarded to military personnel who are wounded or killed, to honour their sacrifices. The heart-shaped medal contains a profile of George Washington, and his coat of arms.

To honour women who have faced a cancer diagnosis, especially those who have been wounded or have died, we wished to capture the symbolism of the Purple Heart medal. We’ve done this with our team name, and by using an image of a heart in our logo, within the shape of a purple awareness ribbon.
Additionally, purple is the colour of the awareness ribbon that symbolises all gynaecologic cancer (cervical, ovarian, uterine/endometrial, vaginal and vulvar cancers), which we thought extremely fitting. Our logo and slogan also incorporates the colour pink, to represent the awareness ribbon for breast cancer.