Cou­ple’s can­cer fight back on track

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WHEN Rachel Moy­lan was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in 2017, she and her hus­band Andy didn’t take things easy.

In­stead, the cou­ple from Tas­ma­nia’s East Coast fo­cused on a train­ing regime de­signed to pre­pare them for the for­mi­da­ble Kokoda Track.

“Once she had gone through her surg­eries and her treat­ment, we lit­er­ally signed up for this as a motivator to get her fit and healthy, but also to raise some great funds for the Tas­ma­nian Can­cer Coun­cil,” Andy said.

“The jour­ney was al­most a mir­ror im­age of what Rach went though. It was try­ing to over­come neg­a­tive thought and fo­cus on pos­i­tive thoughts and tak­ing each day as it comes.”

Andy will shortly be­gin prepa­ra­tions for his sec­ond Kokoda ef­fort, when he joins 11 oth­ers tak­ing part in this year’s Can­cer Coun­cil Tas­ma­nia chal­lenge.

And again he has a per­sonal mo­ti­va­tion, hav­ing re­cently lost his brother to can­cer af­ter a six-week ill­ness.

How­ever, Rachel was last week given the all clear in her own can­cer fight.

“That’s been a big weight lifted from our minds,” he said.

Can­cer Coun­cil Tas­ma­nia CEO Penny Egan said last year’s in­au­gu­ral Kokoda Chal­lenge raised more than $28,000.

She said par­tic­i­pants each raised at least $2000 for the or­gan­i­sa­tion, which went to­wards can­cer pre­ven­tion and sup­port ser­vices.

Trek leader Tom All­wright, of Ad­ven­ture Abroad, said “the raw emo­tion and the chal­lenge” of Kokoda made it pop­u­lar for char­i­ties, with the fundrais­ing tar­get lifted to $35,000 this year.

The group sets off at the end of Oc­to­ber and Andy said his wife was pleased he was do­ing it again.

“It’s a mind over mat­ter thing — there’s lots of ups and lots of downs,” he said.

“Be­ing fit is good but you don’t have to be an elite ath­lete, as long as you can put one foot in front of the other for many hours at a time.”

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