COVID has once again stopped us from holding the 24HR Fight Against Cancer Fundraising walk in October but the need for local cancer services doesn’t stop. I will be using my exercise time during lockdown and beyond to be a part of the Big Blue Cancer Walk – a way for us all to fundraise while staying COVID safe.
MY PLEDGE: Some of you are big walkers …….. me, not so much, but I undertake to walk 100km for Macarthur patients dealing with cancer. I will wear my blue 24HR shirt proudly and will dedicate every 5km for someone in my life that has been taken by cancer, is fighting this disease or supports patients with cancer in Macarthur.
- 0- 5km are for Elaine – she lived outside our area but was a great supporter, attending every year and holding a fundraising function at her school. Greatly missed.
- 5km-10km for Bill – a special family member who looks out for everyone. A big part of my life.
- 10km-15km for Cheryl and Tony – two fun-loving, family-loving cousins who were taken from us way too soon.
- 15km-20km for Marie and Tracey- Marie co-founded the Youngies Coffee Club and Tracey is the current driving force. Strong, caring women committed to providing support, friendship and lots of laugh to local women dealing with breast cancer. Sadly, we lost Marie in 2013.
- 20km-25km for Paul, John, Brian and John. All live locally and have been looked after by local specialists and/or our world class cancer treatment centre.
- 25km-30km for my Dad’s sisters: Aunty Rose, Aunty Lina and Aunty Carmen. Wonderful women
- 30km-35km for Tony Wolf, a great bridge player, bridge partner and friend. We lost Tony after a short but devastating illness.
- 35-40km for Nicole’s Dad – I did not know him but he is loved and missed every day
- 40km-45km for A/Prof Stephen Della Fiorentina and Denise Burns, two wonderful health care professionals at the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre
- 45km-50km for the members of my trivia team who know what a cancer diagnosis means to lives and families. Great fun for 20 years, great support, great people
- 50km-55km for Cheryl Bryce, a current patient of the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre and team captain of Chezza’s Challenge, who I met in Park Central doing her pledge t0 walk 5km on every day that she doesn’t have chemo. Such an inspirational lady.
- 55km-60km- a sad 5km as I think with great love of my brother in law Billy who passed away last week. RIP Bill.
- 60-65km for Aunty Norma. Happy birthday. She survived bowel cancer in the early 1990s and went on to live to 94. Miss her
- 65km-70km are for Hugh, a Bridge buddy who is in Liverpool Hospital dealing with issues from this insidious disease. A real fighter
I’m proud to have been associated with this local charity since Day 1. 100% of every dollar we raise stays here in Macarthur to help the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre, the Oncology Ward and the Paediatric Cancer Unit at Campbelltown Hospital and the Palliative Care Unit at Camden Hospital. Local people helping local people.
CaptainSue McGarrity$220.00 raised