Per­sonal cru­sade

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By EMILY BAKER

AF­TER los­ing sev­eral fam­ily mem­bers to can­cer, Mar­ilena Baynes de­cided to ded­i­cate her­self to a fundrais­ing cam­paign.

Mrs Baynes has been busy train­ing for for the Week­end to End Women’s Can­cer af­ter watch­ing five cousins and two aunts af­fected by the dis­ease over the past 10 years.

On March 28-29, the mother of two will walk 60km over two days along­side thou­sands of men and women to raise funds and pay trib­ute to those fam­ily mem­bers.

“To date our team has raised nearly $30,000,” she said.

“The en­thu­si­asm of our team is quite re­mark­able and the gen­eros­ity of the lo­cal Mt Hawthorn com­mu­nity in dona­tions of prizes truly ad­mirable.”

Money raised goes di­rectly to the Harry Perkins In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Re­search to ac­quire vi­tal equip­ment for ad­vanc­ing breast and ovar­ian can­cer re­search pro- grams in WA.

Mrs Baynes en­cour­aged oth­ers to also get be­hind the event.

“I just feel that too many amaz­ing peo­ple have been af­fected,” she said.

Visit www.end­cancer.org.au.

Mar­ilena Baynes (mid­dle) at a re­cent fundraiser.

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