Proud sur­vivor pounds pave­ment

Great Southern Herald - - News - Sjanna San­dalova

On Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29, a cancer sur­vivor braved Syd­ney’s 30C heat to walk 28km for a cause close to her heart.

Katan­ning’s Noe­lene Gra­ham, a teacher at Brae­side Pri­mary School, trav­elled to Syd­ney last week to par­tic­i­pate in the Cancer Coun­cil’s Seven Bridges Walk.

Noe­lene and her daugh­ter Ta­mara be­gan the 28km walk at 7.30am and fin­ished at 4.20pm.

“It was a bril­liant at­mos­phere. There were many stalls and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties help­ing out with food and drinks,” Noe­lene said.

“You didn’t have to do the whole 28km, but I was de­ter­mined to fin­ish be­cause it was a very per­sonal thing for me.”

With the gen­eros­ity and help of Noe­lene’s work col­leagues and friends, she man­aged to raise $1250 to go to­wards the Cancer Coun­cil.

“My work col­leagues at Brae­side Pri­mary School and my friends in Katan­ning spon­sored me and I raised $1250 for the Cancer Coun­cil. I couldn’t have done it with­out their help,” she said.

Noe­lene, who sur­vived leukaemia twice, also has car­diomy­opa­thy that re­quires her to have a de­fib­ril­la­tor in her heart. But that hasn’t af­fected her fit­ness level.

“I only had to stop a few times go­ing up­hill, but I love to walk so I did lots of walk­ing prior to the event and I wasn’t even sore the day af­ter,” she said.

I was de­ter­mined to fin­ish be­cause it was a very per­sonal thing for me. Noe­lene Gra­ham

Pic­ture: Ta­mara Gra­ham

Noe­lene Gra­ham, of Katan­ning, at the An­zac Bridge in Syd­ney.

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