Stepping out to make a difference


Cheryl Denton on day one of last year’s The Weekend To End Women’s Cancers.
Cheryl Denton on day one of last year’s The Weekend To End Women’s Cancers.

Edgewater’s Cheryl Denton is part of a female quartet taking part in The Weekend To End Women’s Cancers to raise money for the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

The 59-year-old has been part of the event since it started three years ago.

“I lost my best friend to ovarian cancer in 2009, I am a cancer survivor and one of my current team members is going through chemotherapy for breast cancer,” she said.

“It is important that we can fund research to reduce the number of women who have to suffer from this disease.”

Mrs Denton was working in France when an unknown cancerous tumour ruptured in her abdomen and required emergency surgery.

To her relief, and that of her family back home in Australia, she did not need chemotherapy or radiation and after almost two weeks, was discharged with a third of her bowel surgically removed.

Now 12 years later, she is honoured to raise funds for such an important cause.

Mrs Denton said she was looking forward to meeting many new people during the walk and seeing familiar faces from past walks.

“I’m also looking forward to the atmosphere of walking with so many other dedicated people,” she said.

She said she walked at least 10km most Sundays but would do some longer walks in the lead-up to prepare for the big event.

To donate, go to goo.gl/TMa9Zu.