Cause close to home

The team name, based on the US military medal the Purple Heart, is to honour those women who are affected by cancer, and especially those who make the ultimate sacrifice.

Together the group of seven are raising vital funds for medical research into women’s cancers at Perth’s Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Elyshia McNamara, who works at the Institute, said she wanted to walk and fundraise after seeing women have cancer treatment.

“(I) think that women who face a cancer diagnosis are incredibly courageous,” she said.

“When I initially became involved it was on behalf of all women diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancers, but in the meantime my nanna has been diagnosed with breast cancer, so it’s a lot closer to home now.”

This Saturday a Purple Hearts Ball is being held at the Perth Convention Centre to raise funds.

For more information or tickets go to .