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Gemma Flynn becomes Breast Cancer Foundation ambassador

The Black Sticks star wants to get the message out to women everywhere.
Gemma Flynn

Gemma Flynn has become the newest ambassador for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, in an effort to get women across the country to make sure they’re putting their health first.

It’s a cause close to the hockey player’s heart. Her grandmother was diagnosed twice with the disease.

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,” she told NZME.

“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.”

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NZBCF chief executive Evangelia Henderson said the sports star is an aspirational figure to Kiwi women, 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 to the premiere of her fiancé Richie McCaw’s film, Chasing Great.

The winning bid raised $2510 for the foundation.

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