Step­ping up to help

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By MON­TANA AR­DON

BREAST cancer sur­vivor Car­rie Tat­low is one of the lucky ones.

The Floreat mother was di­ag­nosed with the most com­mon form of women’s cancer three years ago, but early de­tec­tion meant she did not have to un­dergo chemo­ther­apy af­ter a lumpec­tomy.

As a way to cel­e­brate her sur­vival and pay trib­ute to those not as lucky, Mrs Tat­low and a group of friends will walk 42km in the Walk for Women’s Cancer on Sat­ur­day.

“This will be my third year,” she said.

“I was wait­ing in the doc­tor’s of­fice one day and I picked up a flyer for the Walk for Women’s Cancer and de­cided to get a team of friends to­gether to raise money and aware­ness for women’s can­cers.”

One in eight Aus­tralian women will be di­ag­nosed with breast cancer and while ovar­ian cancer is rare, the five-year sur­vival rate is only 43 per cent.

Mrs Tat­low’s walk­ing team has ral­lied each year to sup­port her and this year hosted an ‘Evening Un­der the Stars’ with 80 of their closes friends and fam­ily to fundraise.

The event raises funds for the Harry Perkins In­sti­tute for Med­i­cal Re­search, in par­tic­u­lar for ovar­ian and breast cancer re­search.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d465770

Car­rie Tat­low (cen­tre) will be walk­ing with friends Sandie Jub­ber and Caro­line Kelly.

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