GM goes dis­tance for can­cer

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE -

BREAST can­cer sur­vivor Ali­son Reid will use the same hu­mour she drew on dur­ing her can­cer journey to com­plete the 42km route in this year’s Walk for Women’s Can­cer.

It is the third year the Hawai­ian Re­tail gen­eral man­ager has sup­ported the fundraiser for the Harry Perkins In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Re­search .

“I met a lot of women do­ing the walk and I know I ap­proached breast can­cer dif­fer­ent to a lot of people,” Ms Reid, who was di­ag­nosed in her 40s, said.

“I went out with a very pos­i­tive at­ti­tude think­ing ‘this is not go­ing to get me’, I am a sur­vivor’.

“I made light of my life and tried to keep the hu­mour go­ing.”

The Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent even man­aged to smile af­ter frac­tur­ing her back and suf­fer­ing a com­pressed ver­te­bra in a car ac­ci­dent two weeks into her ra­di­a­tion treat­ment.

Ms Reid said that since she was di­ag­nosed in 2009, women had be­come more aware of their breasts and were fol­low­ing through with treat­ment and af­ter care to en­sure the best chance of sur­vival. The Walk for Women’s Can­cer is on May 5. Reg­is­ter at www.walk­for­wom­en­scancer.org.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d480652

Hawai­ian Re­tail gen­eral man­ager and breast can­cer sur­vivor Ali­son Reid.

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