Six-year-old and future doctor Rubi Rosenow goes pink to raise money for breast cancer
[June 28, 2021: Ellie Mitchell]
Six-year-old Rubi Rosenow wants to be a doctor when she grows up.
"So I can help people get better," she said.
For now, Rubi is helping people diagnosed with breast cancer by dyeing her hair pink and raising funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, as part of their GO PINK campaign running through to the end of June.
Rubi was inspired to begin her own fundraising efforts after seeing a family friend raise money for charity.
She selected the NBCF to support as family members, including her great-aunt, great-grandmother and "Pop" have all been affected by cancer.
Rubi's mother Tara Krzempek said Rubi had always been a compassionate child.
"She's always called herself 'Dr. Rubi', she'd always want to help if anyone in the family was sick," Tara said.
"She's always been really caring - that's something that comes naturally to Rubi."
While Rubi's initial goal was to raise $500, she has now far surpassed this, with her efforts currently totalling $1400.
To all who have donated so far, Rubi has two words: "thank you".
Sebastopol salon Hair by Alarnah owner Alarnah Adams dyed Rubi's hair and donated her time and products for the cause.
The money raised will go towards research into breast cancer, including improving accuracy of screening, identifying genetic risks, and treatment of the disease.
Since the NBCF's beginnings in 1994, it has funded $183 million of research in Australia. In that time the five-year survival rate has improved from 91 per cent to 76.
GO PINK finishes at the end of June.
• Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia
• Eight Australians die from breast cancer every day
• One in seven women will be diagnosed in their lifetime
• One in 716 men will be diagnosed in their lifetime
• Almost 20,000 Australians will be diagnosed this year
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