Michelle steps out to fight cancer

WITH every step she takes, USQ Fraser Coast’s Michelle Hay is helping medical researchers find a cure for women’s cancers.Michelle 2

The Faculty of Business and Law Co-ordinator and Executive Officer (International Development) recently stepped up her usual six days per week gym routine in preparation for a two-day, 60km trek through Brisbane’s suburbs in October.

The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers will be a two-day, 60 km walk through Brisbane’s various neighbourhoods with an overnight camp where participants will enjoy pre-set tents, hot meals, entertainment, massages and other activities.  The event start and finish will be held on October 26 and 27, and pit stops with fresh foods, beverages and public cheer stations will be set up along the route.

Michelle said funds raised by the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers event would power a joint effort between the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital to combine life-saving cancer research programs and clinical trials with vital treatment, care and survivorship programs. To participate, Michelle needs to raise $2000.

“My commitment to this event is based on love for my fellow sisters, mothers, grandmas, daughters, nieces, and friends everywhere,” Michelle said.

“It’s based on the realisation that we each need to do our part in this fight. I can walk. I can raise funds to benefit the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and their efforts to end women’s cancers. I can and choose to be a part of this movement to take down women’s cancers.”

“I ask you to take a stance with me and join this life-saving adventure for all women. Be a part of my very personal journey – by giving, by walking with me, or simply by sharing my story with your circle of influence.

“Please don’t stand back and think about what you could have done – take that first step today. Take a chance with me – we have the opportunity to change thousands of lives, beginning with our own. One Weekend can change the world.”

Michelle said the statistics for women’s cancers were frightening.

One in three Australian women will be diagnosed with some form of cancer before the age of 85 and in Queensland the rate is one in two women.

Twelve Australian are diagnosed with gynaecological cancer every day and there are over 4500 new gynaecological cancer diagnosis each year in the country. On average four Australian women will die from cancer every day.

Everyone is invited to donate to Michelle’s campaign by logging into www.endcancer.org.au and following the links. Her event ID is 710436-1.

To register or request information about The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers, visit www.endcancer.org.au or call 1300-22-9255.

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