Antarctic Boob-Sledding in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
It’s truly a testament to the human spirit that in the face of cancer, people who are affected can still retain a sense of humor. If you’ve ever attended a pink ribbon walk or run, you’ve probably seen teams with matching shirts and slogans such as “I heart boobies” or “save second base.” Now, a team of friends wants to raise $1 million dollars for the McGrath foundation, which funds breast cancer care nurses in Australia. Their plan? A boob-sled trek across Antarctica. Kate Carlyle was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was only 31 and had both of her breasts removed. Two and a half years later, her cancer came back and she had to undergo more surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
Carlyle’s close friend, a veterinarian named Geoff Wilson, is dedicating his expedition to Antarctica to her and other women who contain the BRCA-1 gene that causes cancer to develop at such a young age. Wilson will be trekking across the arctic landscape on skis while pulling a supply sled that is shaped like a woman’s breasts. The Pink Polar Expedition, as the team has dubbed it, will raise awareness of the physical struggles of breast cancer while raising money for the McGrath Foundation. Throughout Wilson’s journey with the buxom sled, Carlyle will be documenting his progress with blog posts and social media updates.
BRCA-1 is a rare genetic mutation that is responsible for about 5 percent of breast cancer cases. Women born with this have an 87 percent chance of developing cancer and often do so as early as their 20s or 30s, causing many women to choose to have mastectomies in order to prevent the cancer from having a chance to manifest.