No moun­tain too high to help

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

KATIE Colgan is swap­ping her heels for hik­ing boots next month to raise money for the Telethon Ad­ven­tur­ers.

The Money Street res­i­dent, who owns Loui Col De­signs, will join nine other ad­ven­tur­ers climb­ing Mt Kil­i­man­jaro in a bid to find a cure for child­hood brain can­cer.

Her in­spi­ra­tion is sim­ple: Conor, her eight-year-old nephew.

“He was five when he was di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour,” Katie said.

The Cur­ram­bine Catholic Pri­mary School stu­dent who is the sec­ond youngest of seven chil­dren, has had sev­eral oper­a­tions.

Conor fin­ished his last round of chemo­ther­apy in April and now has monthly scans.

Tan­za­nia’s Mt Kil­i­man­jaro is not the first moun­tain Katie has climbed for Conor.

She com­pleted the Kokoda Track with Conor’s par­ents Nathan and Con­nie Colgan just af­ter his first round of oper­a­tions and was part of Team China that crossed the Great Wall of China last year.

Katie’s par­ents and Conor’s grand­par­ents Martin and Dorothy Colgan joined the Team China group of 24.

“Be­ing in­volved with the Telethon Ad­ven­tur­ers has given us some­thing to do that helps,” Katie said.

“We all felt a bit help­less (when he was di­ag­nosed) so this is a great way for us to get in­volved.”

De­spite al­ready con­quer­ing Kokoda and the Great Wall of China, the mar­ried mother of one said the “chal­lenge is yet to come”.

“Kokoda was phys­i­cally and men­tally chal­leng­ing and China was an amaz­ing trip,” she said.

Katie’s 18-year-old daugh­ter Court­ney has made a video about Conor’s bat­tle.

Watch it at 0fVU.­mu­ni­ d441913

Katie Colgan is climb­ing Mt Kil­i­man­jaro to raise money for her nephew, who has can­cer.

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