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Breast cancer t-shirts

One of the things me and the girls did on Sunday and Monday is buy this years Glassons Breast Cancer t-shirts if you want to look at all the t-shirts or order them you can look at the Breast Cancer Research Trust or Glassons

My girls and I have had a tradition of buying one every year since the campaign started little knowing that we would actually be supporting a cause that I would have need of. 

My Trelise Cooper T-shirt

My Trelise Cooper T-shirt

OD's Stolen Girlfriends Club T-shirt (singlet style)

OD's Stolen Girlfriends Club T-shirt (singlet style)

MD's Ruby t-shirt

MD's Ruby t-shirt

YD's Louise Clarke t-shirt

YD's Louise Clarke t-shirt


We also bought our exchange students one so they can be supporting breast cancer research as well as having a NZ t-shirt

NZ tshirt by Jayshri Ganda

NZ tshirt by Jayshri Ganda


When I have had my surgery I will also order some tshirts from http://www.gotcancer.org/  – an organisation in the states

They have some fun t-shirts like “been there fried that” (radiation) and other slightly smartass slogans .  Definitely my sort of t-shirts

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  1. Shona Williams

     /  January 28, 2009

    Hey Jenny,

    Email me the logo/ size / colour etc of the t-shirt you would like from the gotcancer.org website, along with your mailing address and I’ll send it to you – – I’m practicing gratitude and I can’t think of anyone better to send some gratitude to.

  2. jayne

     /  January 31, 2009

    Hi Jenny,
    Great T.Shirts alright and I love how you have put a plug in for breast cancer and Glassons.
    I must say you looked real smart in yours when I saw you so I’m gona get one tommrrow.
    Hey, don’t go losing too much weight though – make sure you pig out occassionally. Maybe at the wedding? Extra helpings of pavlova. Yum.
    Catch you when I can. Hugs,
    Jayne. x


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