2019 — 9 speeches
Krystal's journey began after she discovered that her family's cancer history was due to a gene fault called BRCA1, recently made famous by Angelina Jolie. The mutation increases the risk of the developing breast, ovarian and other cancers.
After years of uncertainty, at age 22, Krystal underwent genetic testing and returned positive for the BRCA gene. The next few years were filled with anxiety as she navigated her options. At only 25 and with a husband and young family, Krystal made the difficult decision to have a preventative double mastectomy and she was one of the first Australian women to publically share her story of preventative surgery, giving a voice, face and awareness to prevention.
While in her hospital bed recovering, Krystal created Pink Hope, born out of her desire to change the face of hereditary cancer prevention in Australia and to offer support to at-risk women and their families.
Pink Hope has grown to become a well-known health prevention charity and community that provides support and inspiration to thousands of families and highlights the need to know your risk of breast and ovarian cancer and change your future.