Marching matters: Perth Weekend to End Women’s Cancers

Patricia Madden of Heathridge.Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d442841
Patricia Madden of Heathridge.Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d442841

GRANDMOTHER Patricia Madden will not let blisters stop her from conquering a two-day fundraising walk for cancer research.

The Heathridge 61-year-old, who has five grandchildren, will take on the 60km course and raise more than $2000 for the 2016 Perth Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.

“A dear friend was diagnosed with cancer and seeing her go through this challenge and at the same time dedicate time and energy to doing this walk and raise funds was truly inspiring,” she said.

“One in three women in Australia will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85 and I want to do my part to ensure there are continued funds to research treatment and hopefully a cure.

“I toured the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Nedlands and was impressed with the facility and in awe of how much funds are needed to continue research in this field. When my friend asked if I’d like to join the team for 2016, I didn’t hesitate.”

When she isn’t working at Target Joondalup, Mrs Madden volunteers as president of a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints youth program for girls aged 12 to 17.

“I like to set a good example for the young ladies in our church group by leading a healthy and active lifestyle and being around their youthful energy certainly keeps me young,” she said.

“Recently we held a boot camp to display the long-term benefits of leading a healthy life and I want to be around for a long time to run around with my grandchildren.

“I like to walk regularly and the event hosts training walks to encourage participants to get to know each other.”

She said preventing blisters during the April, 2016, walk was going to be her biggest challenge.

“I am sure the positivity of my team mates, my children, the other walkers and public cheering us on will get me through it,” she said.

To help, visit endcancer.org.au, click on Perth’s event, donate and search ‘Patricia Madden’.