THE teenage children of pace legend Glenn McGrath and his late wife Jane are set to become spearheads of their mum’s breast cancer charity that has helped thousands of Aussie women.
As the SCG is today bathed in a sea of Jane’s favourite colour on day three of the Test now named after her, James McGrath, 16, and his sister Holly, 15, are stepping up to play increasing roles in the foundation that has supported 50,000 cancer-stricken families around the country.
The McGrath family, including Glenn’s wife Sara, her mum Carmen and Glenn’s mum Bev, will all be at the SCG for a day of “celebration” and support for those afflicted by breast cancer.
In its ninth year the McGrath Foundation has evolved into a national health movement much broader than the fledgling campaign to support women with breast cancer launched by the determination of a grieving family.
ast night, between a hectic round of charity, cricket and corporate commitments, a proud McGrath, who with Sara has become a father for the third time, told The Daily Telegraph how his oldest children were helping to take Jane’s legacy to new levels.
He said James and Holly enjoyed their involvement in the foundation’s work and helped out with fundraising.
“It is all about their mum’s legacy and the day at the SCG is a special time for them,” he said.
“In the future there is potential for them to be involved (in the foundation).”
Sara added: “We wait the whole year for this, it is the one day in the year that everyone shows their enthusiasm and support.”
James and Holly were by their father’s side in 2008 when Jane passed away at 42 from complications following surgery on recurrent breast cancer. The couple had been married for nine years.
“We want to raise at least $390,000, which equates to a fulltime breast care nurse over three years,” he said. “That is the goal we have set ourselves.”
The cricket legend said people do not have to be at the SCG to donate and can show their support for this fantastic cause by donating online at www.pinktest.com.au
Foundation chief executive Petra Buchanan issued a call for businesses to get behind the Pink Day Test to help families experiencing breast cancer.
Story Source: The Daily Telegraph
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