THE WEEKEND TO END WOMEN’S CANCERS RAISES $2.8 MILLION AS THIRD ANNUAL WALK COMMENCES IN VICTORIA

Victoria’s largest multi-day walk for women’s cancers gets underway today, supporting vital cancer research and clinical care at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne

 

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MELBOURNE, 16 APRIL 2016 – The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers announced 1,014 walkers helped raise over $2.8 million for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, as the third annual Weekend commenced in Melbourne on Saturday.

The two-day walk brings together cancer survivors, their families and others with a passion for cancer research, who take on a 60km course through Melbourne’s streets and neighbourhoods. Participants train and fundraise for months in order to participate in what is the largest multi-day walk for women’s cancers in Victoria. All funds raised go to support cancer research and the clinical care of patients at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. The Weekend raised a total of $9.1 million in three years.

“We are overwhelmed by the support provided by this inspiring community of walkers, sponsors, volunteers, crew members and donors,” says Peter Mac’s Chief Operations Officer Felicity Topp who will be among the walkers at this year’s event.

“Their support will help to change the lives of the one in three women who will be diagnosed with cancer by age 85. Our scientists are pushing the boundaries of cancer research, but their work is almost entirely funded by grants and donations. Public support is needed now more than ever. Funds raised through The Weekend will enable our clinicians and researchers to prevent, treat, and help find cures for all women with cancer,” Ms Topp said.

Participant Caroline Williams, from Westmeadows, who was diagnosed with an aggressive Stage 4 Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma , a type of blood cancer, in 2005. Mrs Williams is marking ten years of being in remission after her successful treatment.

“My PET scan revealed tumours from my waist down and I began chemotherapy in October of 2005 and finished in January of 2006, with most of my time spent in the walls of Peter Mac. After years of treatment and surgeries, I am now 10 years in remission! I walk to celebrate my remission and to say thank you to all those who helped save my life. With the support of my husband, my daughter, my sons and the team at Peter Mac, I was able to channel all my energies towards my survival and I am still here today and I dream for a world free from cancer,” said Caroline Williams.

Event organisers expect hundreds of supporters to attend public cheering stations along the route. For a map of the Weekend route, visit www.endcancer.org.au

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ABOUT THE PETER MACCALLUM CANCER CENTRE: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is a leading integrated cancer research, treatment and education centre globally. Peter Mac treats more cancer patients each year than any other hospital in the country and the largest cancer research group in Australia backed by its highly skilled medical, nursing and allied health team. More information can be found at www.petermac.org