Friends go ex­tra mile for can­cer

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

AF­TER be­ing touched by the ef­fects of can­cer, two friends did their bit by rais­ing funds for the Na­tional Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

Como res­i­dent Mel Wedge and Yange­bup res­i­dent Beck Page took part in the Ram­say Health Care Triathlon Pink at the WA Ath­let­ics Sta­dium on Sun­day.

Ms Wedge said she talked her friend into par­tic­i­pat­ing af­ter her grand­mother was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer about three months ago.

“I just felt help­less and I wanted to some­thing to raise money, so I went on­line and saw the triathlon,” she said.

“We train to­gether so I thought we could do some­thing to give back and raise some money.”

Mrs Page said she be­lieved most peo­ple had been af­fected by breast can­cer di­rectly or in­di­rectly.

“I wanted to sup­port Mel and al­though we both have our strengths and weak­nesses, we didn’t race and we crossed the line to­gether,” she said.

“To pre­pare, we went to the gym five or six times per week and did cir­cuit train­ing, which is car­dio-based train­ing.

“We had never done a triathlon so we did the sec­ond long­est triathlon on the day, which was a 300m swim, 8km bike ride and 3km run.”

Mrs Page said they had wel­comed the sup­port of friends and fam­ily, who had helped them raise about $1500.

“It feels great for peo­ple to take no­tice and sup­port you and it feels nice to raise money for a good cause,” she said.

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Yange­bup res­i­dent Beck Page and Como res­i­dent Mel Wedge raised about $1500 for the Na­tional Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion by run­ning in the Ram­say Health Care Triathlon re­cently.

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