VICTORIA PARK INGRID Laudzevics has finally been able to feel a sense of peace since losing her daughter Karlee (22) to cancer almost two years ago.
Ms Laudzevics recently returned from a five-day, 40km trek across the Great Wall of China to raise funds for The Kids Cancer Project and to also get some perspective on life after her shock loss.
Karlee, a former student at Victoria Park Primary School. was a talented young singer, dancer and actress, but tragically died two months after she was diagnosed with a rare tumour known as a yolk sac tumour variant.
After she died, Ms Laudzevics established Karlee’s Army to help find a cure for cancer through fundraising, education and awareness.
As part of her fundraising efforts, she left for Beijing on June 13 to take part in Trek4aCure.
The journey involved five days of trekking through rural villages in the Hebei Province, exploring original sections of the Great Wall, and visiting Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Summer Palace as well as meeting local villagers.
Ms Laudzevics linked up with three other women, Kim Belley-Babbage, Laura Cantrell and Gwen Buch, while she was over there, who dubbed themselves the ‘Merry Trekkers’.
“It was an incredible experience,” she said.