In 2005, Scott Perkins established The Louise Perkins Foundation, named after his wife Louise, who passed away in 2004 after living for ten years with incurable (secondary) breast cancer.
When she was first told that her cancer had spread and was now incurable, Louise was 29 and given just two years to live. Louise lived with absolute positivity and went about life with cancer as a small part of living rather than as a main focus of her life.
From Louise Perkins to Sweet Louise
The Louise Perkins Foundation launched Sweet Louise in 2006 with the single minded vision of improving the quality of life for New Zealanders living with incurable breast cancer.
For any New Zealander whose breast cancer has progressed to the secondary stage (also known as advanced or metastatic), Sweet Louise offers:
- Face to face and over the phone support from our team of Support Coordinators, each with experience in oncology and palliative care
- Regular meetings to provide peer support and help build connections with others living with incurable breast cancer
- $500 worth of service vouchers every year that can be redeemed for a comprehensive range of services, complementary therapies and support that help improve quality of life.
Sweet Louise currently supports 580 Members and operates throughout most of the North Island – in Auckland, Northland, Waikato, Mid-Central region (New Plymouth through to Palmerston North and out to Hawkes Bay), and Wellington. Outside these service areas, Sweet Louise Members living with incurable breast cancer throughout New Zealand can access support over the phone or by email from our Support Coordinators. Members living outside of our service areas can also attend meetings while in an area Sweet Louise operates in.