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Black Sticks star Gemma Flynn made an ambassador for breast cancer cause

Gemma Flynn wants women everywhere to put their health first.
Gemma Flynn

Gemma Flynn has become a NZ Breast Cancer Foundation ambassador, and the hockey champion is working hard to get the message out there that women need to take breast health seriously.

The foundation’s work is close to the sports star’s heart: she’s experienced the devastating effects first-hand – her nana was diagnosed with the illness five years ago. Then a second diagnosis, which came just two years ago, was even more difficult for the close-knit family to deal with.

While treatment for her grandparent was successful, the sports star understands there are times when the outcome for women and their families isn’t always as positive.

“I came on board with the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation because of the work they’re doing to educate women about the need to be proactive about breast health, and the support and information they offer women who’ve been diagnosed.

“Women’s health at all ages is a very important cause for me, and breast cancer is the most common cancer for Kiwi women.

I want to do my bit to help, and through the NZBCF we can reach out to women on a large scale.”

Foundation chief executive Evangelia Henderson said that women saw the sports star as an aspirational figure, and having Gemma as an ambassador would really help get an important message across.

“Gemma is so inspiring to young women, and is known for her hard work and commitment in her sport. I believe that when she tells women to look out for their breast health, they’ll listen.”

Earlier this month, Gemma auctioned off a pair of diamond earrings she wore on the red carpet for her fiancé Richie McCaw’s film. The winning bid raised $2510 for the foundation.

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