Striding towards a better future

Walkers who took part in this year’s Weekend to End Women’s Cancers raised an amazing $1.8 million, supporting breast and ovarian cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Top fundraiser Liza Carpene
Top Fundraiser Liza Carpene

Perkins Director, Professor Peter Leedman, said that spirits were high during the 60 kilometre walk and there was a strong sense of sisterhood.

He added that it was also wonderful to see a greater number of male walkers at the 2015 event, with a total of 780 participants supporting women’s cancer research at the Perkins.

During an emotional opening ceremony, Professor Leedman praised walkers for the innovative ways in which they had fundraised and promised the donations would be spent in the laboratory with the aim of creating a healthier future for cancer patients, their loved ones and future generations.

“This is what the weekend is really all about,” he said.

“It’s about coming together with enthusiasm, excitement and doing something bold. Something that will end women’s cancers. Together we can change the world.”

Top fundraiser and cancer survivor, Liza Carpene, who single handedly raised more than $40,000 for women’s cancer research, shaved her head for the event and received rapturous applause from the crowd.

The top fundraising team was Purple Hearts, which raised more than $80,000. Team Perkins reached its fundraising goal of more than $55,000.

The walk routes on Saturday and Sunday followed different scenic pathways around Perth, including lakes, the Swan River and leafy parks. Enthusiastic crew members, dressed for the occasion, offered water and food and formed cheer squads.

Saturday night was time to hear more about the latest in ovarian cancer research and reflect on the importance of absent friends, including last year’s top fundraiser, Leanne Russo who sadly passed away from breast cancer a few months ago.

Walkers were also able to kick off their shoes and have some fun in the big tent, with fashion parades, a buffet dinner, and dancing before retiring for the night in preparation for another 30 kilometre walk starting at 6.30am on Sunday morning.

Masseuses, yoga instructors and podiatrists were waiting behind the finish line to ensure participants recovered comfortably after their walk.

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research would like to whole heartedly thank not only the participants and crew in the 2015 walk, but also their friends and families who showed massive support during months of training, fundraising and during the weekend event.

The event set a world record for the most re-registrations ever recorded in a Weekend to End Women's Cancers event, proof of the inspirational nature of the event. Join this year's teams who want to do it all again! Register now for the 2016 Weekend to End Women's Cancers which will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of April next year.

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