Despite not being able to take the field again this year due to a knee injury, SUNS midfielder Hugh Greenwood is still having an impact off it.
The 29-year-old is an ambassador for Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), with the disease taking centre stage this weekend in the AFL.
The annual BCNA “Pink Lady” match will be taking place between Hawthorn and Melbourne, with the community encouraged to help support the event virtually.
Greenwood presented his teammates with BCNA beanies at training on Friday and gave some background on the match and why it was important.
“Typically they play at the MCG and all the survivors of breast cancer and their families come out and make a big lady shape,” Greenwood said.
“Obviously this year with COVID - it was canned last year and it's back on this year but it's all virtual.
“So we still want to play our part in raising awareness for breast cancer.”
Breast cancer is a disease which holds special significance to Greenwood after his mother was diagnosed and lost her battle four years ago.
“This year in 2021 projections say that probably 20,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 600 men and on average about eight Australian women die a day from breast cancer,” Greenwood said.
“So it's obviously an important round for our family, our story began back in 2009 when my mum was first diagnosed with breast cancer and then she passed away at the end of 2017.
“So this is a round that means a lot to our family and I'm sure if I was to ask around you'd know an aunty, a cousin, a mum, a grandmother, a friend that has had breast cancer.
“We'll just do our part in raising awareness.”
BCNA has currently raised over $80,000 of its $150,000 goal for the match. You can make a donation and purchase your virtual place on the ‘G here.