Team camaraderie sets pace for survivors
PACE will not be a factor when Cancer Support WA’s Run for a Reason team hits the pavement this Sunday.
“A lot of participants are going through chemo and radiation so we’ll be as slow as the slowest person,” team member and cancer survivor Marilyn Salley said.
“It’s about community and doing it as a team of cancer survivors,” she said.
Ms Salley and 13 other volunteers and clients from the Cottesloe-based Cancer Support WA will walk the 4km from the city to East Perth.
The Doubleview resident said she was a keen walker and often covered 20km at a time but Run for a Reason was about starting and finishing as a team.
Ms Salley was diagnosed with colon cancer more than five years ago and was later diagnosed with melanoma.
“But I caught it very early which was good,” she said. “I just got my five-year all clear so fingers crossed.”
Ms Salley said she gained so much from Cancer Support WA during her diagnosis and treatment that she signed on as a volunteer two-and-a-half years ago.
“I’ve met the most inspirational people who are going through far worse than I did,” she said.
Bronwen Frangs, Robin Jolly, Clare Shellard and Marilyn Salley are teaming up for Cancer Support WA’s Run for a Reason.