An inspiring group of 500 women and men joined together on Saturday 6 May to make strides against cancer in the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer.
The Walk raised an incredible $1,000,000 to support cutting-edge women’s cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
Participants gathered at the opening ceremony in Nedlands before embarking on 30km or 42km routes through Perth, stopping at several Hawaiian shopping centres where they were treated to DJs, lolly buffets, photobooths and other festivities.
Perkins Director Professor Peter Leedman congratulated the participants for their extraordinary efforts and thanked them for their commitment to supporting medical research at the Perkins.
“I am in awe of the remarkable efforts of our supporters. I know that one day we will have much better treatments for women’s cancer and medical research is the only way we can bring that day closer,” Professor Leedman said.
Walker, Gerry Smith, said she was motivated to join the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer after being diagnosed with breast cancer two days before Christmas in 2015.
“I was aware that something was there but I wasn’t concerned because I had been breast feeding,” Gerry said.
“The doctor checked it out and 24 hours later I was diagnosed with breast cancer.”
Gerry said she signed up for the Walk with a group of friends who were determined to raise as much money for women’s cancer research as they could, to help as many people as possible.
“I did the walk, because I want to help find the cure. I want to grow old with my husband and I want to see my two boys grow up, get married and have babies of their own.”
“The walk is an opportunity to help so many people. It’s a huge challenge but there is a massive reward at the end.”
Hawaiian Director Kate O’Hara, who walked 42km herself, said she was excited to continue the partnership with Perkins.
Watch a video of the Hawaiian Walk for Women's Cancer by cancer researcher Dr Andrew Woo:
Research laboratories funded in-part by the Walk includes: