May 21, 2014 8:45 pm
Updated: May 21, 2014 8:49 pm

‘Badass’ fundraiser aims to help N.S. breast cancer patients

The Breast Cancer Badass campaign is spearheaded by Patsy MacDonald. It held a kick off social event Wednesday night at Durty Nelly's in downtown Halifax.

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HALIFAX – A uniquely named fundraiser hopes to help breast cancer patients in Nova Scotia.

The Breast Cancer Badass campaign is spearheaded by Patsy MacDonald. It held a kick off social event Wednesday night at Durty Nelly’s in downtown Halifax.

MacDonald was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2011 and by November of that year, she had a double mastectomy as well as breast reconstruction.

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While many women decide to tattoo nipples onto their reconstructed breasts, MacDonald decided to tattoo flowers.

In a video posted to YouTube, she describes breast cancer as permanently changing her body and tattooed her breasts as a way to “love me again in all of my new bits and pieces”.

MacDonald said she does not want to be known as a breast cancer survivor but rather a ‘breast cancer badass’.

The fundraiser is aiming to raise $100,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the breast health centre at the IWK.

So far, she has raised about $11,000.

The campaign wraps up in a little bit more than a month.

“I think we all have things that happen to us that aren’t great,” MacDonald said of the fundraiser. “The power is just being a person, a regular person who is going through a bad situation, turning that around and really making a positive out of it.”

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