Key facts: in numbers


Sweet Louise is the only charitable organisation in New Zealand dedicated to supporting women and men living with incurable breast cancer.


Sweet Louise currently supports over 730 Kiwis with incurable breast cancer right across New Zealand.


Approximately 3,000 people a year are diagnosed with breast cancer.


Almost 30% of people diagnosed with primary breast cancer will go on to develop incurable breast cancer.


Once diagnosed with incurable breast cancer, the average life expectancy in New Zealand is approximately three years. Whilst the cancer cannot be cured, in many cases, it is treatable. With the right care and support, people with incurable breast cancer can continue to live a positive and productive life.


Over half of the women Sweet Louise supports are under the age of 59 and many of them have children under the age of 18.


Each year we hold over 200 meetings across NZ so women can connect with each other for vital peer-to-peer support.

Logos and resources

Sweet Louise logo

Sweet Louise ribbon

Sweet Louise logo grey

Sweet Louise bunting

Your impact

Don’t Delay Fun

Sweet Louise Member Claire McLintock has produced a limited-edition range of t-shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month featuring the slogans ‘F*** Cancer’ and ‘Don’t Delay Fun’. All proceeds go directly to support Sweet Louise! Claire... Read More

Accept the diagnosis, defy the verdict!

Barbara McNaught from Auckland shares her story of hope – having been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer 20 years ago. “I’m in a good place now but I never take anything for granted. Having Sweet... Read More

Live more. Fear less!

“Being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer has made me start living my best life. I can’t control the cancer, but I can control how I respond,” says Karen Barnett from Auckland, who was diagnosed with... Read More

I can now stand up boldly

“Sweet Louise has inspired me not to allow the cancer to control my life. I want to live life to the full,” says Metua Ngamata-Rorani, a mum and grandma from Auckland. Through her job as... Read More

Fundraising inspiration!

Fill up for good

It’s time to fill up your car with petrol and love! Sweet Louise has been chosen to receive a share of $4,000 at selected Z stations – how much we receive is decided by customer... Read More

Run with us!

Support Sweet Louise in the 2023 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Marathon on Sunday, 29 October 2023. Join in New Zealand’s biggest, most iconic, colourful, cultural running celebration. Be part of the action and Run the... Read More

Team 50K in May!

This May, we challenged Kiwis to Walk 50K to raise crucial funds to support New Zealanders living with incurable breast cancer. We had over 1200 fundraisers walking in every corner of New Zealand - walking... Read More

Walk 50K This May

Feel like going for a walk this May? We’re challenging Kiwis to Walk 50K this May to raise crucial funds to support New Zealanders living with incurable breast cancer. This challenge is designed so you can... Read More

Challenge yourself and raise funds!

If you are thinking of setting a fitness goal for this year, why not register for one of NZ’s great fun run/walking/marathon challenge events and fundraise for Sweet Louise at the same time! It’s easy... Read More

A “Cat” walk to remember

Friends and whānau of Sweet Louise member Cat, held a 2-day fundraiser in her honour after she lost her battle with breast cancer. Their efforts raised an incredible $10,000 for Sweet Louise! Sian, Cat’s sister-in-law,... Read More

Running a marathon for Aunty

Thank you to Bella and Sophia who ran the Auckland Half Marathon in November 2022 to raise funds for Sweet Louise. They raised over $3,300! Bella and Sophia said: "This time last year our beautiful... Read More

Small acts of kindness

“These small acts of kindness are some of the most special memories I have with my mum growing up,” says Zara. The kindness of Sweet Louise supporters has given Zara some of the most special... Read More

Thank you for bringing practical kindness and care to New Zealanders with incurable breast cancer, helping them to live as well as possible, for as long as possible.