Mosman Park resident Marion Fredrikkson was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2011 and, when she learned her family had a genetic predisposition, her three sisters were tested.
‘My sister Ali found she also had cancer and Margie had the gene, so we each had the double mastectomy and oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries) surgeries,’ Ms Fredrikkson said.
‘It was quite confronting, but at the end of the day we decided that if you’ve had kids it isn’t really a big deal.
‘Ordinarily if you had an issue like that the rest of the family would be really supportive, but everyone was going through their own trouble so support levels were kind of low by the end of the year 2012. It was all very exhausting.’
Together with six friends and fellow cancer survivors, the sisters formed the Breast Foot Forward team to walk 60km around Perth and raise money for research into women’s cancer by the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
As of yesterday, the team had collectively raised $36,767 and are still hard at work to donate as much as possible.
Ms Fredrikkson said each of the walkers connection with cancer helped inspire them to train and fundraise.
‘We don’t like to harp on with the whole cancer theme thing, but if nothing else I think we’ve discovered that it drives you to get on with the day,’ she said.
Visit www.endcancer.org.au and search for Breast Foot Forward to donate.