Walker raises funds for cancer research

Sue Ridley-Calcutt with a 1981 photograph of her mum, Joyce, and cousin Gail.  Picture: Emma Goodwin
Sue Ridley-Calcutt with a 1981 photograph of her mum, Joyce, and cousin Gail. Picture: Emma Goodwin

The Weekend to End Women’s Cancer, which runs March 28 to 29, supports the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Statistics reveal that 1 in 3 women will develop a form of cancer before the age of 85.

Sue will walk not only to raise funds but as a tribute to her mum, Joyce, who died of breast cancer aged 37.

Joyce was diagnosed at 28 and underwent a mastectomy to fight the disease but lost her battle nine years later.

Sue, who was 12 at the time and has since lost two aunties to cancer, will join the mass of Australians fighting to find a cure.

She moved to Perth from England 18 months ago and has worked with a weight loss consultant to drop more than 28kg.

Sue said she was feeling ‘positive’ about the upcoming event.

‘I’ve lost the weight so I thought I might as well do it and the weather’s nice,’ she said.

‘I did 30km on Saturday. I walked from Burns Beach to about 5km past Hillarys and back again.

She has committed to raise $2000, a target she is not far off.

‘Anything over $2000 is a bonus and I’m $300 off that,’ she said.

‘All of my colleagues at work have been very supportive.’

Walkers will be supported by hundreds of volunteers and crew members providing meals, water and snack stops.

There will also be portable toilets, medical services and an overnight campsite with tents, hot showers and entertainment.

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research will use the funds to obtain vital equipment needed for advancing breast and ovarian cancer research programs in WA.

To donate, search for Sue Ridley-Calcutt’s name at endcancer.org.au.