Corowa’s Megan Willson was all smiles before she began the Weekend to End Womens Cancer Walk.Corowa’s Megan Willson has raised more than $11,000 for the Weekend to End Women’s Cancer event which was held in Melbourne on April 16 and 17.
The 60km walk was held in hope of ending women’s cancers with funds raised to benefit the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
The weekend was dedicated to remembering those lives that have been lost to breast or gynaecolgical cancer and also to celebrate the lives that the foundation is continually saving.
Proceeds from the event provide vital funding to research and clinical care at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicate to cancer and home to Australia’s largest cancer research group.
Megan said she was thrilled to have been part of the huge two-day event.
“We started on Saturday with a very humbling opening ceremony at 7am and not a dry eye was to be seen,” Megan said.
“We paid tribute to women survivors and also to those beautiful women we have lost.
“It was also announced that we, the 1014 participants, had raised a whopping 2.8 million for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre which is just amazing.”
Megan said day one took participants around the city, where they walked past the new home of the Peter MacCallum Centre where the organisation hopes to move to later this year.
“It was a fantastic feeling to cross the finish line and see my husband Matt and kids Tyler and Lexi, sister Fleur and niece Ruby,” she said.
“After a good feed and much needed shower we returned one last time for an emotional closing ceremony.
“The entire weekend was an experience I will never forget and one that the entire Corowa community helped me be a part of.”
Megan said she felt immensely proud to tell people about Corowa and just how much the small town had raised.
“The final amount we raised was $11,050 and people were just blown away,” she said.
“This money will help all of those women affected by cancer and hopefully help to keep all those beautiful women here.
“I can’t thank everyone enough for their support, I am just so grateful for each and every one of you that supported me.”