TEEN TRADES DANCE FOR AB­SEIL­ING

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - Denise S. Cahill

BE­FORE be­ing di­ag­nosed with brain cancer in Au­gust 2013, Chloe Cle­ments was a na­tional gym­nast and trained in five dis­ci­plines of dance.

The 17-year-old was forced to aban­don her pas­sions for two years as she re­ceived treat­ment for child­hood brain cancer, but last year re­joined Tal­ent Co Dance and En­ter­tain­ment.

“I dropped back my train­ing nine months be­fore the di­ag­no­sis be­cause of the pain and be­fore af­fects,” the Woodvale Se­condary Col­lege stu­dent said.

“Be­ing a re­ally ac­tive per­son, it was hard to not do any­thing for two years.

“Last year I prop­erly went back to it and I’ve been tak­ing it slowly.

“It was a re­al­ity shock for me be­cause I wasn’t the same per­son I was be­fore… I couldn’t do the same things.

“But I’m lov­ing be­ing back and I’ve set more goals to achieve.”

One of those goals is to ab­seil down the QVI build­ing on Thurs­day as part of the Ur­ban De­scent QV1 Ab­seil to raise money for The Ad­ven­tur­ers, which funds re­search into child­hood brain cancer.

Chloe, who is scared of heights, said know­ing she was rais­ing money for child­hood cancer re­search would help her get down the city build­ing.

She will have The Ad­ven­tur­ers chief ex­ec­u­tive An­gela Skates by her side. Do­nate at 2017qv1ab­seil.go­fundraise.com.au/page/ChloeCle­ments.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467997

Chloe Cle­ments is prepar­ing to ab­seil to raise funds for cancer re­search.

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