Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Young Australian of the Year

Nominee

2012 NSW Young Australian of the Year Nominee

Krystal Barter

State: New South Wales

Cancer forum founder

 

There is no doubting the courage and passion of Krystal Barter. At the age of 25 and with two young sons, Krystal decided to have a preventative double mastectomy. It was an incredibly brave decision, but given the presence of a rogue gene fault and the fact that her mother, grandmother and great grandmother had faced breast cancer at increasingly early ages, she felt it was a necessary decision.. After her surgery, and still in her hospital bed, Krystal established an online community called Pink Hope under the auspice of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  Its purpose was to support, connect and empower women like herself – at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer. In the past two years, she has mentored and supported hundreds of high risk young women around the country. With over 1,250 forum members, 28,000 social media followers and 100 national ambassadors, Krystal, who has since had a third child, is helping women make essential life-saving decisions and come to terms with their genetic history and likely prognosis. Krystal has been devoted to charity work since she was 14 and was awarded 2011 Harpers Bazaar Woman of Influence and 2010 Warringah Young Citizen of the year for her role in raising the profile of breast cancer.

 

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