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Jane McGrath's lasting legacy 10 years on

The McGrath Foundation is celebrating its 120th breast cancer nurse on its 10th anniversary. (AAP)

The McGrath Foundation is celebrating the placement of its 120th breast cancer nurse, 10 years after its co-founder Jane McGrath died from breast cancer.

It's a day of milestones for Australia's pink charity - the McGrath Foundation.

On the 10th anniversary of Jane McGrath's death the foundation created in her honour is celebrating its 120th breast care nurse.

The McGrath Foundation, named after Australian pace great Glenn McGrath's late wife, was founded by the couple in 2005 after her public battle with cancer.

Ten years on from Ms McGrath's 2008 death, one of her best friends and foundation ambassador Tracy Bevan says although it's a tough day, it's a celebration of everything the foundation has achieved.

"I have started looking at this day as a legacy day," Ms Bevan told AAP.

"I know Jane would be enormously proud that we have 120 breast care nurses now."

The 120th nurse will be based in Liverpool in Sydney's southwest after the area was identified as one of seven priority places in greatest need for breast cancer support.

The nurse will specifically support people with metastatic breast cancer, which is incurable.

The milestone means the foundation is also one step closer to reaching its goal of making sure everyone in Australia experiencing breast cancer has a nurse to support them.

"Jane always said how proud she would be if we could help one family and to know we have supported 64,000 families, it makes me so emotional because I know how proud she would be of that," Ms Bevan said.

The foundation holds the annual Pink Test - where thousands gather at the SCG dressed in pink to raise money to fund nurses for breast cancer sufferers.

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