Breakfast of champions

HEATHER SIMPSON
Last updated 09:19 19/05/2014
Maggie Stavreva
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DETERMINATION: Allan Scott winery lab technician and breast cancer survivor Maggie Stavreva is guest of honour at tomorrow’s Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer breakfast.

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Allan Scott Family Winemakers will raise a glass to breast cancer survivors during a pink ribbon breakfast tomorrow.

The wine company's lab technician, Maggie Stavreva, who is a four-year survivor of breast cancer, will be guest of honour at the event which hopes to raise vital funds for breast cancer research.

Stavreva has proved an inspiration to her colleagues during her recovery from stage 2 breast cancer.

The energetic winery worker said she hoped her personal story would encourage more women to check their breasts.

In 2010, aged 36, she was diagnosed with cancer after she found a lump during a self examination.

"I felt quite a large, hard bump in my breast and I knew something was wrong," Stavreva said.

The lump was successfully removed and she underwent chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

"I have always been fit and healthy. I am a very strong person who doesn't give up. I love my job so I didn't stop working. It helped me not to think about my health problems."

During harvest she continued to work 18 hour days and only took one day off to get chemotherapy.

Fours years on from her recovery she remains actively involved in breast cancer advocacy. She is a member of Simply the Breast dragon boat team that comprises of breast cancer survivors from Marlborough. "I am exactly the same person now. Breast cancer hasn't defined me.

"I want to save other women, not scare them. Women should check for lumps. You know your own body, if you feel something is wrong go and see your doctor."

Allan Scott hospitality marketing manager Kylie Cornelius said the breakfast at their Twelve Trees restaurant was about giving back to the community.

"We all know women who have been affected. Breast cancer is a terrible disease that has touched us all in some way.

"Maggie's positive attitude and taking each day one at a time to fight this disease is an inspiration."

The breakfast was the brainchild of Cathy, Victoria and Sara Scott.

The tasty menu of sweet corn fritters, scrambled eggs and a glass of Allan Scott bubbles meant breakfast bookings were filling up fast.

During the pink-themed day staff dress in pink clothing and Twelve Trees restaurant chefs would rustle up pink truffles.

Patrons who pick up a truffle containing a surprise Jaffa will get a bottle of rose wine.

  • The breakfast costs $25 per person, with $10 going towards the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. To make a booking call 03 572 7123.

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- The Marlborough Express

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