It wasn’t just another premiere for Hollywood for Angelina Jolie. Aside from the usual mayhem of screaming fans and flashing bulbs, she and her husband Brad Pitt was able to meet with 6 inspirational Aussie ladies at the World Premiere of her latest directorial pursuit, Unbroken.
The film is based on the best selling Laura Hilenbrand novel Unbroken: A Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption. It tells the inspiring tale of Olympic Runner Louis Zamperini who was captured by the Japanese Army during World War II. Apparently, Angelina sees it fit to let the limelight shine on modern day heroes during the premiere. The heroes included bush fire survivor and motivational speaker Turia Pitt and breast cancer advocate Krystal Barter.
Like Jolie, Krystal tested positive for the BRCA gene. At 22 years old, she was faced with a difficult decision – to have her breasts removed or try her luck. When she reached 25, Krystal finally decided to get a preventive double mastectomy.
She then started her own breast cancer charity called Pink Hope which helps women fighting against hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. When Angelina admitted that she had preventive mastectomy, Pink Hope’s public engagement increased tenfold. This is the reason why Krystal is beyond thankful to the actress. Her honesty about her surgery helped millions of women ask the important questions about their breast health.
Angelina and Krystal spent a few seconds embracing each other at the premiere. Although they live thousands of miles apart and live different lives, it was obvious that they share an understanding. After all, both went through the same road at one point of their lives.
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