Climb to serve as a starter to can­cer con­ver­sa­tion

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

IF you told Da­nia Car­son six months ago she would soon be plan­ning to travel to Tan­za­nia to climb a moun­tain, she would have just laughed.

But that is ex­actly what the Beel­iar res­i­dent will do.

The 28-year-old will climb Mt Kil­i­man­jaro next Novem­ber as part of the Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia’s Save a Man Kil­i­man­jaro Chal­lenge.

“My best friend’s hus­band over­came prostate can­cer and he climbed Mt Kil­i­man­jaro last year,” she said.

“This year it’s his wife Mar­got’s turn to make the jour­ney climb­ing along­side me.”

Ms Car­son said the walk was an op­por­tu­nity to get the com­mu­nity talk­ing about prostate can­cer.

“Through­out my seven years at the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion I have worked with many men, mainly in their 40s to 60s, that would never bring up the topic of prostate can­cer,” she said.

“I see my climb as a great op­por­tu­nity to en­cour­age this con­ver­sa­tion.”

Ms Car­son will be­gin prepa­ra­tion for the gru­elling ad­ven­ture with ex­tra walks around Beel­iar with her pet, Buddy.

She will step that up, as well as her fundrais­ing ef­forts, over the com­ing months.

Money gath­ered will go to the Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion and to the Prostate Can­cer Spe­cial­ist Nurs­ing Pro­gram.

“One man dies ev­ery three hours from prostate can­cer in Aus­tralia,” Ms Car­son said.

“I want to be an­other voice out there re­mind­ing men to make sure they get a prostate check.”

To do­nate visit www.savea­man-2016.ev­ery day­­nia.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell­mu­ni­ d447600

Da­nia Car­son of Beel­iar with her dog Buddy.

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