Weekend to End Women’s Cancer flyer blows local Mandurah walker away

Weekend to End Women’s Cancer walkers Laura McNeill (second left) with Lee Collins, Valerie Dixon and Michelle Kennedy.
Weekend to End Women’s Cancer walkers Laura McNeill (second left) with Lee Collins, Valerie Dixon and Michelle Kennedy.

WHEN a gust of wind blew a promotional flyer for the Weekend to End Women’s Cancer into Laura McNeill’s face, she decided it was a sign that she should support cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research by taking part in the event.

The Mandurah resident said it was almost a year to the day after she had a radical hysterectomy at the age of 32 as a result of cervical cancer.

“Cancer takes a lot out of you and I hadn’t regained my sense of purpose,” she said.

“I decided to do the walk for myself, but also to support cancer research so that one day women won’t have to go through the struggle so many women have faced.

“Cancer can take so much from you and your loved ones. But it cannot take your determination, it cannot take away your heart and soul and it most certainly cannot take away your hope for a brighter and better future without this disease.”

A health conscious fitness instructor before her illness, Laura started walking to and from work, entered the event on her own and finished the two-day walk feeling amazing.

“I met some wonderful women, some survivors, some carers, some family – everyone had a story and everyone had a reason,” she said.

“That was my first walk. Now we’ve all teamed up and become Pink Pirates of theCurebbean.”

Laura has not allowed secondary cancer to stop her from registering for the 2016 Weekend to End Women’s Cancer.

“I’m going through chemotherapy now but I owe a heavy debt to the incredible medical professionals,” she said.

Register for the event on April 2 and 3 at endcancer.org.au.