VINES resident Carly Bradley is hopeful that a cure for breast cancer is not too far away.
After losing her sister Leanne to a rare inflammatory form of breast cancer in 2015 her world changed.
Ms Bradley is now determined to make sure other women do not have to fight this disease and is taking part in the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer to raise funding for research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
She said her sister, who fought for two years against the disease, completed the walk in 2014 after having surgery and undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Her sister left behind her husband and two young children.
“Leanne was only 36 years of age and was diagnosed with this dreadful disease while breastfeeding her newborn son,” she said.
“Words cannot express our heartbreak, so doing this walk will not only help to raise money for others, but will help make Leanne’s memory live on,”
The Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer is a 42km or 30km walk, which helps to raise funds for medical research and to remember those who have lost their lives.
She said she was excited to take part in the walk for a second year in a row.
“We are extremely excited to be doing this again. We love the people, volunteers, teams, Harry Perkins Institute and everyone involved, they are a great inspiration and are dedicated to the cause, which makes us feel proud to be part of the walk,” she said.
Ms Bradley said she was hoping to raise at least $1000 for research.
“Nobody should have to go through the pain and suffering that Leanne did, and no family deserves to lose a daughter, sister, mother or friend to his horrible disease,” she said.
“We hope by raising money for this walk and for the amazing research that takes place every day at the Harry Perkins Institute, that one day this awful disease will be eradicated and will no longer affect the lives of so many.
“Awareness and early detection can sometimes be the key to prevention, so we are hoping this walk will also achieve more awareness about cancer and in particular women’s cancer.”
The Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer will take place on May 6.
If you would like to join the walk or donate to ‘Leanne’s Wish’ visit https://hawaiian-walk.everydayhero.com/au/carlybradley.
To take part in the walk visit www.walkforwomenscancer.org.au