Cause close to home

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

NED­LANDS-BASED Harry Perkins In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Re­search is the ben­e­fi­ciary of $1 mil­lion raised through the Hawai­ian Walk for Women’s Cancer.

In the lead-up to the May 6 walk, Hawai­ian’s team of 22 raised $82,000 to­wards a to­tal of $925,000.

Hawai­ian own­ers Mei and Chiu Chi Wen an­nounced af­ter the event that they would top up the fundrais­ing pool to $1 mil­lion go­ing to the In­sti­tute and its work to­wards find­ing a cure for breast and ovar­ian can­cers.

Hawai­ian chief ex­ec­u­tive Rus­sell Gibbs said the com­pany’s de­ci­sion to part­ner with the In­sti­tute was per­sonal, as sev­eral team mem­bers had ex­pe­ri­enced the trauma of cancer them­selves or within their im­me­di­ate fam­ily.

“This walk is very close to home for our team and I’m in­cred­i­bly proud of their com­mit­ment to this great char­ity event,” Mr Gibbs said.

More than seven years ago, Hawai­ian gen­eral man­ager of re­tail Ali­son Reid was en­joy­ing the view at Cottes­loe beach when she felt a pain un­der her arm - lead­ing her to the dis­cov­ery of a lump which proved to be cancer.

A few days later, Ms Reid was in the op­er­at­ing theatre, where 18 lymph nodes were re­moved be­fore she be­gan a course of six chemo­ther­apy ses­sions.

“I never once thought that cancer could pos­si­bly beat me, nor would I let it,” she said.

This year, Ms Reid cel­e­brates seven years of be­ing cancer-free.

The Walk took more than 500 par­tic­i­pants on a spe­cial jour­ney across Perth to cel­e­brate the women who have sur­vived cancer, to give courage to the women who are still bat­tling cancer, and to re­mem­ber the moth­ers, sis­ters and friends who are no longer with us.

Par­tic­i­pants in the Walk for Women’s Cancer raised al­most $1 mil­lion.

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