WHY I'M WALKING
Each of us has been affected by women's cancer so each of us has a story or experience to share.
Speaking up and sharing your story about how women's cancer has affected you is a way to encourage support and raise awareness about the imporance of women's cancer research!
I lost my mum to ovarian cancer in 2014 after she fought for nearly 3 years. My mum (pictured with me and my sister) suffered all the classic symptoms of ovarian cancer for over 6 months, seeing many doctors, specialists and even spent a day in emergency to be told it was just Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
On 25 January 2014, my lovely daughter- in-law Jude lost her battle to breast cancer. Jude was a remarkable young woman who was sadly first diagnosed at the very young age of 24. She went through various treatment options over seven years, all while continuing to live life to the fullest, working full time, travelling and getting married.
The Walk is not just about raising funds and awareness but, intentionally or not, it creates a sense of hope and purpose. Hope that one day your mother, sister, daughter won't face the struggle we've known. Hope that one day this unforgiving disease will take no more from us and hope that one day those lives we've lost will not be in vain.
Rekhati Abhayawardana was so young when her grandmother passed away from breast cancer that she only remembers her funeral. “My grandmother was only 66 when she died and I was in year 1. I don’t remember much about her, I don’t remember her being diagnosed, I only remember her funeral.”
In 1996, my wife Anita was diagnosed with breast cancer and our journey and lives were changed forever. There were many tears, there was much joy, many challenges and much love. Unfortunately our journey came to an end on the 13th August 1999.
DR SARAH PATON
Dr Sarah Paton says she’s fortunate to be fit and healthy enough to prepare for the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer. Sarah, who runs a specialist laser surgery practice, said she’d seen many friends and patients face the uncertainty of a cancer diagnosis and felt compelled to walk for those who couldn’t.