Girls’ Night In fundraiser to cel­e­brate life

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

■ It’s nearly two years to the day since Kar­ratha woman Natasha Kick­ett was di­ag­nosed with cer­vi­cal can­cer, and she’s de­cided to ac­knowl­edge it by throw­ing a party.

Ms Kick­ett was a busy 35-yearold mother-of-three liv­ing in Perth when she went through sev­eral months of in­tense chemo­ther­apy, ra­di­a­tion and brachyther­apy treat­ment un­til she was fi­nally cured, though the ef­fects last to this day.

Now she is rais­ing funds to help the Can­cer Coun­cil WA help other women with can­cer by host­ing a Girls’ Night In, com­plete with a 1980s theme and karaoke.

She will hold the event for 30 of her fe­male rel­a­tives and friends in her home this Satur­day, the sec­ond an­niver­sary of her di­ag­no­sis.

Ms Kick­ett said she had re­ceived a lot of sup­port from lo­cal small busi­nesses in Kar­ratha.

“They’ve been re­ally will­ing be­cause they’ve been touched by can­cer,” she said.

Sev­eral cafes are pro­vid­ing food and drinks, Dampier Party Hire has do­nated the karaoke ma­chine and a long list of busi­nesses have do­nated items for Ms Kick­ett’s on­line auc­tion.

Ms Kick­ett said she had opted for a Girls’ Night In be­cause she wanted an up­beat event that paid trib­ute to her bat­tle with cer­vi­cal can­cer and to a friend who re­cently lost her own.

“I want it to be a cel­e­bra­tion of sur­vival,” she said.

“It’s about get­ting up and mak­ing an ef­fort to live life.”

To bid in Ms Kick­ett’s auc­tion, visit wa.can­cer­coun­cil­fundrais ing.org.au/NKick­ett.

Pic­ture: Natasha Kick­ett

Natasha Kick­ett hav­ing chemo­ther­apy in 2013.

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