Ambassadors

Meet your Walk Ambassadors.

Everyone who walks, volunteers or fundraises for this event is a hero. Below are some of the champions of our walk and their incredible stories. Together we can kick cancer to the curb.

Team Rosebuddies 

Your Official 2022 Walk Ambassadors

We Love Life. Life is worth fighting for and we strongly believe that no cancer diagnosis should be a death sentence.

Individually, we’re Carrie, Sandie and Caroline. But together we are Team Rosebuddies.

The Rosebuddies started 7 years ago with our team member, Carrie’s, breast cancer diagnosis. Carrie counts herself as one of the lucky ones as she was diagnosed at the very early stages and after a lumpectomy and a course of radiation, she was thankfully given the all clear.

Sandie's husband Len, is a cancer survivor too, having been diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years ago.

Two years ago, we very sadly lost our dear friend, Rob, Caroline's husband to pancreatic cancer, five months after his diagnosis. Rob was always our early morning lift to the walk and was waiting at the end, gin and tonics in hand ready to greet us as we crossed the finish line.

Rob will forever be in our memories. 

We support the Walk because we want Cancer to be treatable and beatable, and we believe that medical research is the way to achieve this.

In life, we like to party, and each of our fundraising events over the years have been centred around bringing our friends together and celebrating life, love and friendship!

We dream of a future without cancer. So, we walk now, and will walk in the future for our children and your children, for our grandchildren and your grandchildren, so that no one will receive a lethal cancer diagnosis again.

We all need to act now, be grateful for life, and make the difference that we want to see in the world.

Michaela

I wish to raise awareness of cancers in young women and give back to other women diagnosed with cancer.

In an extraordinary stroke of luck, I was placed in quarantine in January 2021 and during the imposed slow down I took the time to check my breasts.

It was then that I discovered a lump in my left breast. Soon after I was diagnosed with a basal triple negative breast cancer - a highly aggressive form of breast cancer.

I am an oncology pharmacist and the diagnosis made me think of all the women I had met and known who had been diagnosed with or had passed away from breast cancer at an early age. Within a week I had started my cancer journey of scans, medical appointments, daily blood tests and chemotherapy.

Throughout this time my friends, family and partner were unbelievably supportive. My family helped to care for my beautiful son when I needed to rest, attend appointments, and undertake chemotherapy and radiation.  And when I was first diagnosed, my girlfriends came together to quickly organise and pay for my eyebrows to be tattooed, which made a huge difference to my confidence when I lost all my hair.

I am very proud of myself for enduring my treatment and believe this journey has made me a much stronger, confident and more empathetic person.  In 2022, I should be officially cancer free and can’t wait to celebrate by supporting cancer researchers at the Perkins.

Fran

I participated in the Walk for the first time in 2021 and my reason was personal - I was diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer in 2020 at the age of 32. 

I was having a shower when I first noticed a small bump between the top of my left breast and armpit. It was small, like a marble, and barely noticeable but I checked it out with my GP the next day.

Going into this appointment I knew that one of the three women under the age of 40 are diagnosed with breast cancer every day in Australia. And coming out of the appointment, I was one of them.

I immediately underwent fertility preservation, completed chemotherapy, had a lumpectomy, and then completed a course of radiation – it was all a bit of a whirlwind! Today I am continuing to take hormone therapy and will do so for the next five to 10 years.

When I told my friends and networks of my diagnosis, I couldn’t help but notice how many were shocked that a seemingly healthy, young woman, with no family history, could get breast cancer. It also shocked me that so many didn’t know how to perform their own breast exam or understand the different types of breast cancers and treatments available.

It was these conversations that made me realise the importance of raising awareness about women's cancers. 

I am acutely aware that my diagnosis, treatments and 'good' prognosis is all possible because of medical research. And I am walking again in 2022 to ensure we can continue funding important research so that in years to come, no other young women go through this.

Michael

I first signed up for the Walk in 2021 to show my support for my late sister in law, Kylie Beard. 

Kylie was the official ambassador of the 2020 Walk for Women’s Cancer and was the most passionate ambassador a worthy cause could ask for. She wanted to do everything in her power to support the Perkins and their research, and her passion for the event was so infectious that it sparked my desire to become involved too. 

Throughout the fundraising and the training, I felt motivated by Kylie. She had that effect on people.

When I started the process of asking for donations. I met people who had lost loved ones from diseases that the Perkins seek to eradicate, and people donated generously to do their part to provide their support.

We lost Kylie a day before her 45th birthday.

And while she lost her battle prior to the 2021 Walk, Kylie united her team, ‘Blistering for a Cause’ through her unmatched passion and through helping to design each of the bee costumes they wore in acknowledgement of Prof Pilar’s honeybee venom discovery.

I am so grateful to have had the privilege of spending the 2021 Walk with such amazing people and pounding the pavement on that very wet day.

I am walking in 2022 not just as a tribute to Kylie, but also to support the amazing work of the Perkins so that one day, no one will have to suffer through cancer as Kylie did.