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How Grease star Olivia Newton-John inspired Jane McGrath to fight for breast cancer sufferers

How Olivia Newton-John inspired Jane McGrath to fight for breast cancer patients and their families – leading to the pink test becoming a staple of Australia’s summer cricket

  • Jane McGrath died of breast cancer at her home in Sydney in 2008 at the age of 42
  • Was touched by Olivia Newton-John’s personal crusade to generate consciousness
  • The Australian Grease star died at her California home on Tuesday at age 73
  • Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer three times, first at age 43

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Famed Grease star Olivia Newton-John inspired Jane McGrath to fight hard for breast cancer patients after the Hollywood actress was first diagnosed in 1992 at just 43 years old.

Newton-John, 73, died peacefully at her home in the US on Tuesday.

Her confrontational early diagnosis struck a chord with the former wife of Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath, who lost her own battle with breast cancer in 2008.

After her passing, as of 2009, the Sydney Cricket Ground has turned into a pink sea for one day of the annual January testing, raising millions to help fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses.

The moving scenes have become a staple of the Australian summer of cricket – and last year alone the McGrath Foundation generated $3 million.

Grease star Olivia Newton-John inspired Jane McGrath to fight for breast cancer patients and their families - after the actress was first diagnosed in 1992 at just 43 years old (the actress is pictured with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi)

Grease star Olivia Newton-John inspired Jane McGrath to fight for breast cancer patients and their families – after the actress was first diagnosed in 1992 at just 43 years old (the actress is pictured with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi)

Olivia Newton-John's early diagnosis struck a chord with Jane McGrath, (pictured), the former wife of Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath, who lost her own battle with breast cancer in 2008

Olivia Newton-John's early diagnosis struck a chord with Jane McGrath, (pictured), the former wife of Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath, who lost her own battle with breast cancer in 2008

Olivia Newton-John’s early diagnosis struck a chord with Jane McGrath, (pictured), the former wife of Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath, who lost her own battle with breast cancer in 2008

Tracy Bevan, Jane McGrath’s best friend, said the mother of two was moved by Newton-John’s tireless work — not only raising breast cancer awareness, but helping the lives of patients and their families. improve.

“It was important for Jane to share her story and make a difference to people going through what she did. And Olivia did the same,” Bevan . said Sweetheart.

“Honestly, it was just inspiring. It must have been incredibly difficult for Olivia to share her story, it was such a personal experience.

“That she did made such a difference and inspired so many people. Jane did exactly the same.’

McGrath was only 31 when she was first diagnosed in 1997.

She was considered cancer-free in 1998, but then tragically fell seriously ill and died ten years later.

Newton-John was diagnosed three times in her life, and the cancer finally took its toll in her California home in the early hours of Tuesday.

She died peacefully surrounded by family and friends.

Newton-John’s Grease colleague John Travolta paid his respects on social media.

“My dear Olivia, you have made our whole life so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We’ll see you on the road and we’ll all be together again,” he said in an Instagram post.

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta starred in the iconic 1978 film Grease, which catapulted her to global stardom

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta starred in the iconic 1978 film Grease, which catapulted her to global stardom

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta starred in the iconic 1978 film Grease, which catapulted her to global stardom

‘Your from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!’

Newton-John’s family is offered a state funeral in recognition of the iconic Australian actress’s achievements and dedication to cancer research.

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday he will contact the star’s family this week to propose the memorial.

“As for celebrating her life, her music and film and all the other great contributions she’s made, of course we want to talk to the family and be as respectful as possible,” he told reporters.

“She took her cancer journey and used it to save lives and change lives, and that’s deeply impressive.”

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