Cancer survivor Liza Carpene allowed her colleagues in the mining industry to shave off her long hair in return for funds to help cancer research at the Perkins.
“It was hard to let go of my long hair,” she says, “But it was nothing compared with women who have had a breast removed.”
Liza was the top fundraiser in the 2015 Weekend to End Women’s cancer which raised a total of $1.8 million and attracted 780 participants.
She survived a malignant melanoma in 1982 and lung cancer in 2007, which has left her with one lung and made the Weekend walk particularly challenging.
However it was a mini-stroke last October which really motivated her to be part of the event.
“The mini-stroke knocked me for six, then only two weeks later I found a lump in my breast. It turned out to be benign, but I was so emotionally charged and felt so lucky that I wanted to contribute to cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. You never know when I might need it!” she says.
“I’m connected to a lot of people through mining, so I thought I could raise the money and the response has been overwhelming.”
Liza told colleagues they could shave her head if she managed to raise more than $20,000. She topped $40,000.
“It’s quite emotional when my donors share their own stories with me and tell me they feel inspired,” Liza says.
Liza has registered to walk again in 2016. Join her at endcancer.org.au