Pur­ple Hearts in bid to beat can­cer

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

EM­BARK­ING on a 60km jour­ney in two days is just a stroll in the park com­pared to what can­cer suf­fer­ers go through, says South Perth res­i­dent Kris­ten Nowak.

Dr Nowak, a re­searcher at the Harry Perkins In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Re­search, is a part of the char­i­ta­ble Team Pur­ple Hearts.

Made up of a group of women, the team will take part in the Walk­ers in the Week­end to End Women’s Can­cer in April.

Over two days, teams will com­plete a 60km walk through the streets of Perth.

Team Pur­ple Hearts hon­ours women who are af­fected by can­cer or who have died.

“We think women who go through treat­ment for can­cer are in­cred­i­bly coura­geous,” Dr Nowak said.

Dr Nowak was in­spired to make change af­ter her friend died from breast can­cer at age 42, leav­ing her hus­band and two young chil­dren be­hind.

Last year, Team Pur­ple Hearts raised about $85,000 for women’s can­cer re­search at the Harry Perkins In­sti­tute through the fundraiser Pur­ple Hearts Ball.

“As much as it’s in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to sup­port fam­ily and friends with can­cer as best we can, the only way to con­quer can­cer is through med­i­cal re­search,” Dr Nowak said.

The team will re­peat the highly suc­cess­ful fundrais­ing ball at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre on March 12.

“All mem­bers of Team Pur­ple Hearts are pas­sion­ate about sup­port­ing vi­tal med­i­cal re­search to stop th­ese dev­as­tat­ing dis­eases in their tracks,” Dr Nowak said.

Visit www.pur­ple­hearts. com.au.

Kris­ten Nowak is part of Team Pur­ple Hearts.

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