Taking big step to win against cancer
DRESSED in her new running shoes with hot pink laces, Belinda Rohl is making strides towards an end to women's cancers.
The 26-year-old nurse, of Brassall, will be among a crowd of walkers travelling 60km on foot through the streets of Brisbane as part of an annual charity event.
It is called the Weekend To End Women's Cancers and it's a fundraising challenge more and more people are stepping up to take part in.
Money generated by the initiative benefits The Queensland Institute of Medical Research and Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. It will help power life-saving research programs and clinical trials at QMIR with vital treatment, care and survivorship programs for all women with cancer at RBWH.
Ms Rohl said it was also a weekend to remember any lives lost to cancer and to celebrate the lives people were saving.
She said as well as being employed as a nurse at Ipswich Hospital she worked as a midwife at the Mater Mothers' Hospital, which had helped her realise how common cancer was.
"Coming from a nursing background you encounter seriously ill people all the time," she said.
"So this event is a great opportunity to give something back and support an important cause."
Ms Rohl said she would be taking part in the fundraising challenge with her friend, Keezia Turner, and that the pair had been actively preparing for the long walk.
"We've been regularly going on 10km walks around the neighbourhood for the past couple of months," she said.
"We definitely don't want to strain ourselves on the day."
In addition to preparing physically, Ms Rohl said she had also been busy preparing a charity event to help reach her fundraising target of $4000.
She invited residents to join her at a barbecue fundraiser and raffle to be held at 5pm on Saturday, July 6, at the Royal Exchange Hotel, Toowong.
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The Weekend to End Women's Cancers walk will be held in October.