Glenda Wynyard

Cancer is tough, but we're tougher

On September 26 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 in WA at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

There is so much more to be done to ensure that women – 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. My mum is joining me and I will update more about that at a later time but 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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Hi there

Well I finished my 35km walk. Beside me was my husband, we’ve been walking alongside each other for 31 years now so it ended up an appropriate way to Di this walk in Sydney.  

I want to thank everyone that has supported my mother and I. Your generosity is going to an amazing research organisation.  We didn’t think we’d get $5,000 but collectively with you all we raised  over $20,000! Incredible. 

Arohanui GW xxx

Meet my mum, Dianne

As we head into the last stretch, let me introduce my fifth woman who is my inspiration and why I am walking 35km on the 26th September! 

Dianne is an absolute inspiration to me. Mum had me when she was quite young. In many ways we are like friends as well as mother and daughter.  

When I found out that mum had developed breast cancer in her late 60's I was dreadfully concerned. You see, cancer tends to kill off my side of the family.  Mum, being who she is, went through her cancer journey with such a positive attitude. Living in a small town, she had to make the journey to the city to have her radiation treatment which my dad and her made a ''holiday" of.  Her trips for chemo therapy were a day out for mum and dad in the regional centre they travelled to.  When she lost her hair, she became a blonde bombshell! 

And while all of this was going on, mum still went to the office every day. There weren't many that she missed.  Pretty awesome approach to all of this crap going on around her. 

I was undertaking some work for The Perkins when I found out about the Women's Walk for Cancer. I could visualise walking across the finish line with my mother.  When I asked her if she wanted to join me on this journey, true to her style, my mother said yes and she has gotten behind this event with such gusto it again adds to just how much she really does embrace life.

Then COVID-19 hit ... May was dashed and now we find ourselves walking apart. Mum will be completing her walk in our hometown of Russell, Northland, New Zealand while I complete my walk in Sydney.  

While we won't be together physically we will be together in spirit. We will phone each other on the day to keep ourselves going and, thankfully, mum has our whole town to help her along the way.  

So there you go, my five women. Two have survived, three have died from this bloody dreadful disease. We need the Perkins to keep up their fantastic work to help women like Christine, Briony, Linda, Alison and Dianne all kick the big C in the butt.  They can't do it without your help. Cheers GW x
  

Meet Briony ...

My one time neighbour, Briony lived in the small New Zealand town I am from.  Briony was simply one of the most vivacious women I think I have ever known in my life.  

We laughed together, drank together, shared meals, told stories about our families, talked about life in general and our partners. We weren't best friends but we were good friends. 

When I first found out that Briony had cancer it was on Facebook.  It was a shock.  Cancer of the Pancreas. Had gone into her liver.  I knew the odds were bad but I just hoped that it wouldn't take her life. This bright, intelligent, vivacious woman had way too much "life" in her.   

By this time I was living in Sydney and I went home to  take my mother to her chemo treatment. Briony was in the bed next to mum receiving her chemo. It was unbelievable.  She was still so bright, bubbly and full of life.  Full of hope. 

Briony and her husband Paul did everything they could to beat her cancer. They tried everything and anything that they read about or heard about or researched. 

Cancer doesn't care who you are, how positive you are, what you do, if you are a mother or not. If it is more determined than you it just takes you away, like it took Briony away. 

Briony loved her sons, she loved her husband, she loved her dogs and she loved life.  She was simply too young to die. And that is why we have to help the people at the Perkins to kick cancer in the butt.  Simple as that. 

Meet Linda ... another of my inspirations

Let me introduce you to Linda.

If you ever went to the Gold Coast in the 1970's or 1980's you may have gone to Illuka, Chevron or Tiki Village to enjoy a meal and watch one of the Polynesian shows.  If you did, you are likely to have seen either Linda, myself or both of us performing. We were part of the Young Polynesians. 

Linda was beautiful, she could sing and dance with a wicked sense of humour that added just that little 'something special' to her presence. 

When you are young and spend the amount of time together as we did, from children through to young adulthood, you build a bond that becomes unshakeable. No matter what we have done in life or how long it has been that we haven't seen each other, somehow we just don't let go. We have an unbreakable bond. 

I always kept in touch with Linda's family on and off. Linda and I kept in touch always through Facebook. Then I noted that things went a bit quiet.  A month or so later I found out that Linda had been battling cancerous tumours in her brain, liver and lungs from her sister. 

Linda was in hospital on the Gold Coast when I got to surprise her with a visit. We hadn't seen each other for about 20 years but we just sat there, laughing about the antics we got up to as young women and caught up on all of things that you do when two old friends catch up. It didn't matter that we were in a hospital room. Nothing mattered. And it felt like no time had passed between us. 

Sadly, a few months later Linda passed away. There wasn't much that could be done for her in the end. I didn't get to go to Linda's funeral but in many ways it was good. I get to remember her how she was on that day. 

I understand that the overall 5-year survival rate for liver cancer is only 15%; and if the liver cancer is regional (grown into nearby organs) that the 5-year survival rate is 7%.  Once the liver cancer is distant, like Linda's, the survival time is as low as 2 years. 

Linda is very much one of the women that I am walking 42km on May 2 for. Please help me to help The Perkins to help women (and men) like Linda. Liver is one of the cancers that The Perkins specialises in.

Meet Alison ... another of my inspirations

Meet Alison, one of my inspirations.

We all have people that we love dearly and I adored my grandmother.

Alison looks like a fairly mild grandmother in this picture but she was outrageous. She totally appealed to my sense of humour, we were on the same wavelength and I spoke to her nearly every day of my life. I could call her at midnight, 2am in the morning or 7pm at night. No matter what the time we could talk for an hour or two about anything and everything. Alison was really cool. 

Pancreatic Cancer was the beast that took Alison down. When Nana told me that she had contracted Pancreatic Cancer I was in disbelief. I actually didn't comprehend it when I look back now.  Nana was given 6 weeks from her diagnosis and she lasted 4 months. It was one of the most horrible and painful ways to die. It was a total death sentence.  There wasn't any treatment available for her. 

And that is why I am doing this walk and fundraising. The Perkins' reasearch will help someone else keep their version of Alison. 

Meet one of my inspirations for this walk

Meet Christine. 

Until recently Christine has been my work colleague since 2013.

We used to sit alongside each other and just have a good laugh as the two 'oldies' in our office.  We'd share a wine on a Friday, chat about our children and our husbands. All the normal stuff. 

One of the guys at work lost his sister to cancer. When he was describing some of the symptoms Christine could relate to them so she went off and got herself checked. She had breast cancer. Christine beat the breast cancer. 

Christine changed her lifestyle, took Chinese medicines and herbs as part of her new regime. Then she ended up with a sore jaw and it just kept getting worse. She thought she must have been allergic to the Chinese medicines!

An ulcer developed and then burst. It would not stop bleeding so she had to go into emergency only to find out that she had developed Leukaemia. I dared her to ask the doctor if they were sure it was Leukaemia and not an allergy to the Chinese herbs! We have a giggle about this this journey she has been on. It is the only way I can think to help keep her positive when everyone around her is talking doom or treatments. 

So Christine, true to her fighting self, beat the Leukaemia. But then she developed Lymphoma.  What's the odds right?

Well right now Christine is in remission and she's busy enjoying a girls trip to Bali with her beautiful daughter while I write this.  

Christine is one of my four women I am walking for and when I cross that line I know she will be one of the first to text me back. 

Thank you to my Sponsors

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Rosie

Bravo

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Blake Montague

Hey - awesome work Glenda ! Xxx

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Leanne Ryburn

Love it Glenda x

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Kylie Murphy

Very inspiring Glenda!

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Richard Turner

Good luck GW

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Anonymous

Crack the target GW

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Dimity Atkins

Hey Glenda. Great to see your smiling face. Happy to help you reach your goal.

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Anonymous

From the team at CE

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Isabella Gray

Keep going! Wonderful cause

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Anonymous

Donation received from a fabulous client ... with thanks GW

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Dianne Wynyard

Rock on rock on my walking buddy. Thank you so very much for giving me the opportunity to pay back to the wonderful team researching daily to help the big "C" to keep us keeping on keeping on. Not only that but providing the key to a better healthier life not only through walking. So easy to do and so cost effective as well as amazing benefits. Thank you Perkins and thank you Glenda xx'

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Anonymous

Good luck with the walk GW

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U Group

Really honored to support you both and a great cause. Music all the way

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Glenda Wynyard

Thank you Russell Rascals your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Get back out there training GW!

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Anonymous

Good on you GW; you're a good woman and we are behind you all the way. JH & the team at TCG

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Maria Cowan

Have never met you personally Glenda but admire greatly what you and your mother are doing for this so important research. Thumbs up to the Perkins research team as well.

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Shane Blandford

Suggest Wine o'clock as part of your training regime!

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Gorgia Brewer

Proud of ya, Ma x

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Julie Attwood

You go girl! Lady power!

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Ralph And Yvonne De Grutyer

Step it out girls next it will be swimming from Paihia to Russell

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Abbie

Go Aunty GW don't leave nan behind though. Have a great walk.Love from your niece Abbie xx

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Keep putting one foot forward after the other GW

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Grant Brewer

Really proud of you mate

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Kylie Murphy

Awesome Glenda! You have got this!!

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Shaanti

Go for it big Sis you will do it

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Really proud of you mate and so cool you’re taking mum along for the ride! Just make sure you get her across that finish line! Best of luck 🤙

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Go Glenda go

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