Cancer fundraiser is no walk in the park

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Han­nelore Hep­burn

It was def­i­nitely not a walk in the park on Satur­day when Brunswick cancer sur­vivor Neva Nielsen and her mum Dale com­pleted the 42km Hawai­ian Walk for Women's Cancer in Perth. Edith Val­ley Func­tion Cen­tre man­ager Sue-Ellen Brookes and the mother and daugh­ter team are over­whelmed with the gen­eros­ity of peo­ple who sup­ported their fundrais­ing ef­forts.

THEIR mus­cles may be still sore but their spir­its are high af­ter mother and daugh­ter team Dale and Neva Nielsen com­pleted the gru­elling 42km Hawai­ian Walk for Women’s Cancer in Perth on Satur­day.

The Brunswick pair, “Team Nielo”, were over the moon af­ter ex­ceed­ing their tar­get and rais­ing a stag­ger­ing $25,000 for the Harry Perkins In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Re­search.

When Neva Nielsen was di­ag­nosed with breast cancer in 2015, aged 39, it was a huge shock to the mother of four young chil­dren who had no fam­ily his­tory of breast cancer.

Af­ter re­cov­er­ing from sur- gery, she was look­ing for a way to sup­port med­i­cal re­search in the hope to find a cure and came across the Hawai­ian Walk for Cancer.

A sun­downer at the beau­ti­ful Edith Val­ley Func­tion Cen­tre in Roe­lands on April 23 was a huge suc­cess rais­ing $20,690 on the night.

Neva Nielsen said about 180 peo­ple sup­ported the cause and had a great night.

“We hoped to reach $10,000 with the sun­downer and were over­whelmed with the gen­eros­ity of busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als,” Neva Nielsen said.

“Owner Frank Kenny gave us the use of the venue free of charge and busi­nesses were gen­er­ous in do­nat­ing prizes for the auc­tion and raf­fle.

“The marathon dis­tance cer­tainly was a chal­lenge but we were de­ter­mined to com­plete it.

“Cancer touches al­most ev­ery fam­ily and rais­ing money to find a cure will help many more peo­ple than just do­nat­ing to in­di­vid­u­als.

“My ad­vice to other women is to have reg­u­lar checks, trust your in­stincts and see your doc­tor if you feel some­thing is not quite right.”

The two women said they would now help fel­low cancer suf­ferer An­drea Deane, also of Brunswick, to raise $100,000 to up­grade Bun­bury’s Breast­Screen WA mam­mo­gram ma­chine to 3D imag­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Pic­ture: Han­nelore Hep­burn

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