The Perkins Weekend to End Women’s Cancers presented by Hawaiian announced 752 walkers helped raise an astonishing $2.3 million for women's cancer research projects at the Institute.
Funds raised through the Walk help power the Centre of Women’s Cancers at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
“Thank you to walkers, sponsors, volunteers, crew members and donors who have enabled the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers presented by Hawaiian, a great success,” said Perkins Director Professor Peter Leedman.
“One in three women in Australia will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85. With funding raised through the community, our world-leading researchers, doctors, scientists and clinicians can continue to advance cancer research programs, aimed at translating novel discoveries into improved patient care. We are very grateful to everyone supporting our mission to be a world leader in medical research,” Professor Leedman added.
The two-day, 60km walk through Perth and overnight camp at McCallum Park, draws thousands of participants, hundreds of volunteers and brings together communities of cancer survivors, patients, walkers and their supporters who train and fundraise for months in order to participate.
“On the 11th of June 2015, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma which resulted in the removal of my right breast and immediate chemotherapy,” said 25-year-old Jodi Retallack, a participant from Port Kennedy.
“I had noticed a lump in my breast for quite some time, and made a few trips to the GP, only to be told it was nothing to be concerned about. After a few months, and some persistence, I managed to have it investigated further and in June, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. For me, it is so important that people invest and support cancer research and treatment programs simply because without others doing this, I may not be standing here today. I am very passionate about raising awareness and helping others in any way possible and this is the reason why I am choosing to walk. It can be the difference of life and death for someone in the future and it personally means so much to me on my individual journey,” added Ms Retallack.