Bayswater resident overwhelmed by community support in fight against cancer

Zamia Pedro.
Zamia Pedro.

BAYSWATER resident Zamia Pedro, who was cleared from melanoma after 12 weeks of a new treatment, felt “overwhelmed” with the community’s support for her fight against cancer.

The Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club will be hosting a quiz night for Ms Pedro on October 7, where the community will help fundraise to help her pay of her medical bill of more than $100,000.

Celebrity chef Peter Manifis heads the event, which will also feature prizes including cooking classes with Mondo’s tickets, Western Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) performances and wine.

Ms Pedro’s friends have also started a GoFundMe page, which has raised about $38,950.

Ms Pedro was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma in November 2016 after a lump grew under a lymph node near a mole which had tested positive for melanoma and been removed two years prior.

“I had to have an operation to take all of my lymph nodes from under my arm and they tested them to see if the cancer has spread,” she said.

“It hadn’t spread far; it was very contained and the way that they diagnosed melanoma is through PET (positron emission tomography) so at that stage, the scan showed it was all clear.

“I was referred to an oncologist at that time and then three months later in February this year, the scan showed it spread into my lungs.”

Ms Pedro’s doctor suggested she undergo a relatively new type of immunotherapy treatment in May, which has resulted in her being cleared of cancer in her lungs.

She said she used to be a “very private person” so she appreciated the support from the community.

“It has been such a completely overwhelming response from my friends, the extended community and people that I went to uni with but haven’t seen in 10 years, coming out and offering to cook meals,” she said.

“Even when I was lying in hospital sick, you can’t feel too sorry for yourself because you have got so much support out there.”

The quiz night will be held at the Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club on October 7 at 6pm.

Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/quiz-night-fundraiser-tickets-36466955646.

Visit the GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/support-for-zamias-medical-costs.

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