Team ca­ma­raderie sets pace for sur­vivors

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d454123

Bron­wen Frangs, Robin Jolly, Clare Shel­lard and Mar­i­lyn Sal­ley are team­ing up for Can­cer Sup­port WA’s Run for a Rea­son.

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