Key facts: in numbers


Sweet Louise is the only charitable organisation in New Zealand dedicated to supporting women and men living with incurable breast cancer.


Sweet Louise currently supports over 730 Kiwis with incurable breast cancer right across New Zealand.


Approximately 3000 people a year are diagnosed with breast cancer.


Almost 30% of people diagnosed with primary breast cancer will go on to develop incurable breast cancer.


Once diagnosed with incurable breast cancer, the average life expectancy in New Zealand is less than two years. Whilst the cancer cannot be cured, in many cases, it is treatable. With the right care and support, people with incurable breast cancer can continue to live a positive and productive life.


Over half of the women Sweet Louise supports are under the age of 59 and many of them have children under the age of 18.


Each year we hold over 200 meetings across NZ so women can connect with each other for vital peer-to-peer support.

Logos and resources

Sweet Louise logo

Sweet Louise ribbon

Sweet Louise logo grey

Sweet Louise bunting

Fundraising inspiration!

Clothing fundraiser for Caroline

Cantabrian, Caroline Horton had a passion for people, organising social events and beautiful clothes. After being diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in 2016, one of her goals was to organise a high-quality, second-hand clothing and... Read More

Challenge yourself for cancer

Ever thought about running a 5km, 10km, half or full marathon? Biking across New Zealand? Trekking a Great Walk or the Te Araroa trail? The options in our beautiful backyard are endless! Why not fundraise... Read More

Cycling for a beautiful friend

Polly Thomas started a 30-day Tour Aotearoa bike ride across New Zealand in March 2020 in memory of her beautiful friend Patricia Weiss, who lost her battle with incurable breast cancer two years ago. Polly’s... Read More

Thank you for bringing practical kindness and care to New Zealanders with incurable breast cancer, helping them to live as well as possible, for as long as possible.