Mum, daughter as one in cancer fight


Valerie Dixon and her daughter Michelle Kennedy have matching outfits for this year’s Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.  Picture: David Baylis         www.communitypix.com.au   d448764
Valerie Dixon and her daughter Michelle Kennedy have matching outfits for this year’s Weekend to End Women’s Cancers. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d448764

Mrs Dixon, of Armadale, said her hair started to fall out after finding out she had breast cancer in 2013.

“I didn’t show emotion and the doctor said ‘you’re very calm’, but on the inside it was a tornado,” she said.

After her last treatment in late 2013, Mrs Dixon’s family got behind her efforts to raise money for cancer research by joining the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers in 2014.

Mrs Dixon and her daughter Michelle Kennedy will walk 60km over two days on April 2 and 3 for their third time in the event, which will benefit the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Mrs Kennedy said the event was a very emotional weekend where she and her mother had made friends who were now in their walking team of 14.

“There’s a great camaraderie atmosphere and so emotional – even the people seeing the family off are teary,” she said.

“All the survivors tell their stories and being able to talk to others who have been through it has been helpful for us and for mum.”

On the Saturday night, participants camp out and have a night of festivities before continuing the walk the following morning.

“It’s a great bonding experience,” she said.

Mrs Dixon, who lived in Inglewood until late last year, said she came to the Inglewood on Beaufort markets every week and set up a stall and collection tins.

Mrs Dixon and her team hope to raise $28,000, with personal targets of $2000 each.