Stepping up cancer fight


Penny Hooper is determined to help beat women’s cancers.  Picture: David Baylis         d448638
Penny Hooper is determined to help beat women’s cancers. Picture: David Baylis        d448638

The Wattle Grove primary school teacher is in the middle of a fundraising campaign for a very special cause.

Ms Hooper will walk 60km over two days alongside thousands of men and women in the third annual Weekend To End Women’s Cancers benefiting the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Presented by Hawaiian, the walk aims to raise funds to support research into cancer and celebrate the people who have overcome the disease.

When Ms Hooper was young, her mother was diagnosed with bowel cancer when she was aged in her 40s.

While having an operation on her ovaries, Ms Hooper’s father suggested doctors look into her intestines as she had discussed not feeling quite right.

Because of this, the cancer was found early enough to be treated.

Now, 30 years later and thanks to research and the treatments available, she is in her 70s and living a healthy life.

Ms Hooper’s motivation also comes from watching five of her closest friends in their 30s fight breast cancer.

The women have young families and after watching these courageous women fight this life-threatening disease, Ms Hooper, who is participating in the walk for the third year, said she wants to be a part of the fight to end women’s cancers.

Donate at www.endcancer.org.au .