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 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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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