Ridley family walk to help fight rare form of cancer

Andrew and Carly Ridley with daughter Amelie. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d405518b
Andrew and Carly Ridley with daughter Amelie. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d405518b

WALKING 4km in this month’s City to Surf will be only a few short steps in the Ridley family’s battle against a rare form of cancer.

When mother of one Carly Ridley was diagnosed in February with angiosarcoma of the breast, she underwent a mastectomy, had chemotherapy and will begin radiation therapy in September.

Carly will be joined in the 4km walk on August 25 by husband Andrew, 21-month-old daughter Amelie, her parents and more than 100 other supporters ” many from the Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club ” to raise awareness of angiosarcoma.

‘The support has been amazing ” I never expected to get that many people to rally behind me and the cause,’ she said.

Andrew, a football development manager and Sorrento SLSC swimming coach, was registered for the half marathon, but will join his wife in the walk after he broke his leg training for the event.

‘Looking back on it, it’s a blessing to be able to do this together, side by side,’ he said.

The Running for Carly team has raised $6000 towards sarcoma research in WA and hopes to raise at least another $3000.

The team will hold a fundraiser at Sorrento SLSC on Sunday, August 25.

Donate to Running for Carly at www.fundraising|citytosurf.com.au or call 0408 298 725.