Farnaz Karimi

Cancer is tough, but we're tougher

For as far as my memory goes back cancer has been part of my life affecting people I love around me! I was only 5 when I lost my grandpa to stomach cancer! All I remember is his kind smile and my mum having to give him broth because he couldn’t keep anything else down. He lost his fight to cancer😔. I remember when my dearest aunt was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer and fought a big fight and won. A few years later It hit real close to home when my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to fight to beat it on this occasion. I felt like we dodged a bullet. Needless to say my mum was my EVERYTHING. She was only cancer-free for a few years before she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer, only 2 months after my wedding. This was supposed to be a joyous and exciting stage of my life, but instead my world was turned upside down. She fought hard again but this time, the cancer was stronger and took her away from me. I lost the biggest part of me forever 💔  I had hardly recovered before cancer struck again a loved one near and dear to me , my second Mum (Mahdad’s Mum). She was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer nearly 11 years ago. She is one of the most inspiring woman that I know . The way she fights is graceful yet strong 💪 we are still in the wars but so far we are winning this battle. I’ve also recently lost 2 cousins to cancer in the past 2 years. You see, I’ve been in the wars with cancer all my life.  

However, The inspiration behind this walk is someone I have laughed with, cried with studied with, travelled with, got up to mischief with and so much more through ups and downs for the past 20 years. I’m doing this walk in honour of my dear friend “Sara Ahmadi“. She has been battling breast cancer at her young age for the past 3 years. Her fight is inspirational. Giving up is NOT an option. Every time it comes back for her she fights harder. Whatever it takes, she is going to win this for her 6 year old son Oliver. I want her to know I’m right here beside her every step of the way.  So that’s why I’m going to walk with her for 35km, every step. Am I scared 😧? hell yes. Can I do this? I don’t know if I can . But I’m going to think of her fighting the biggest fight of her life every time I get scared or want to give up. I’m going to think of my mums (Ghodsi and Nahid), I’m going to think of how cancer has haunted me all my life. I can do this. But my friends and family, I need your support. I need to raise as much needed funds as possible for research to this beast which I’m sure has haunted your lives in one way or the other too.I’d appreciate every donation big or small. Let’s beat this beast together. 
 
 

In May 2020, I’m challenging myself to walk 35km in one day as part of the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer. I’m doing it to raise much needed funds for women’s cancer research right here in WA at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

There is so much more to be done to ensure that the women of WA – our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends and loved ones – living with cancer stay with us for as long as possible. I am training and fundraising in the lead up to the event. I'd be so grateful for your support. If you can't join me (I'd love the company), please give generously to my donation page.

Please help me, help the Perkins.

Let’s walk towards a cancer-free future – together.

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Jen & Misagh Habibi

Dearest Farnaz & Sara, Love you both very much! ♥️ Sending our strongest prayers for your endurance in this walk and for the longer walk ahead.. Cheering you on always! Love Jen Misagh Lana & Lua xx

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Daynaz&mehran Esmaili

To all cancer victims esp “Sara Ahmadi” joon . And in memory of my mum “Ghodsi” . ❤️ 🙏♥️🙏

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Stephanie Cameron

Best of luck Farnaz. My thoughts are with you xxx

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Riaz Ejtahed

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