Turning pink for breast cancer

January 2, 2017 / Australia

To celebrate the Pink Test Uber is partnering with the McGrath Foundation to support the invaluable work of the McGrath Breast Care Nurses.

Breast cancer impacts the lives of Uber driver-partners and riders, with one in eight Australian women diagnosed before the age of 85.

The McGrath Foundation places specialist McGrath Breast Care Nurses for free across the country – supporting thousands of women, men and families every day.

Share and support the McGrath Foundation

Share the promo code MCGRATHPINK and for every new rider who takes their first trip using the code, Uber will donate $10 to the McGrath Foundation. Plus, they’ll get $20 off their first ride.

Offer expires 20/01/17. Conditions apply.

Meet Jenell – breast cancer survivor and Uber driver-partner

“From the initial disbelief of the diagnosis to where I am now, having breast cancer has made me look at my life in a completely different way.

There were many tears in the beginning from everyone. Shock was huge from my children and my parents. Death became very real. I found myself reassuring my family that I would be okay.

The problem with breast cancer is the treatment is so long. I was told to give up a year of my life and it was very close to that. You start by meeting the doctors and they give you good, rational information. But there are so many ‘silly’ questions I wanted answers to that I couldn’t get from the doctors.

My breast care nurses did that. Will I lose my eyebrows? Will my fingernails fall out? How can I get rid of my mouth ulcers? What wig do I get? I could text them at any time. So often your head is a blur from the chemo and the questions are insignificant but it means a lot to know you have support when you need it. My fingernails didn’t fall out! My ulcers were bearable. My wig looked fantastic! My breast care nurses got me through a really difficult time. I received accurate medical information and really good tips.

After all the treatment I took a holiday to decide what to do with my life. After cancer, the last thing I wanted to do was to find a ‘boring job’. I wanted flexibility and freedom.

Uber did that for me – flexibility, good money, meeting heaps of interesting people. So here I am – 4 years after diagnosis, living in the city and driving with Uber. If I need more money I can drive more. If I want a holiday I can take one. If I feel like sleeping in I can. Cancer makes you look at your life and say what do I really want to do with my life?”

Statistics sourced from Cancer Council Australia