The Weekend To End Women’s Cancers benefiting Chris O’Brien Lifehouse has been referred to by many, as “a Weekend you’ll never forget!” It’s a Weekend dedicated to remembering those lives lost to women’s cancers and a Weekend to celebrate the lives we are saving. This is a Weekend creating hope for every woman’s future.
Funds raised through the Weekend support integrated treatment and pioneering research for all women’s cancers while providing comfort and care for cancer patients at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in Sydney, a world-class centre that is transforming cancer treatment for all Australian’s in an environment thriving on discovery, research and uncompromising care.
One of this year’s participants is an Occupational Therapy Practice Leader and Enmore resident, Valasca Lehmann, who is in the middle of a huge fundraising campaign for a very special cause. Valasca’s bid to raise funds is not only in support of cancer research, but to celebrate her life after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the end of 2010.
Valasca first felt a lump back in 2008 and instantly fell white with fear. However, after a few trips to her local GP, she received the fantastic news that the lump was benign. Two years and several mammograms later, the little lump she initially found had grown 3 times the initial size, despite her doctors ensuring her that she simply suffered from ‘irregular’ breasts. So, with the ongoing symptoms and doctors continuing to tell her everything was alright, Valasca continued to seek answers. After booking a second opinion, a biopsy, mammogram and ultrasound confirmed the worst for Valasca as she was diagnosed with Advanced Primary, Stage 3, Grade 3 Breast Cancer.
From here, she immediately began undergoing chemotherapy. This was not something she could come to terms with and she couldn’t help but wonder, if she had not been misdiagnosed for 3 years, could this have been preventable? Today, Valasca has enjoyed three years of survival, is still critical, but extremely hopeful that she will come out on top!
“This walk means so much to me, more than I can express. It is a celebration of my health, and a reminder of my illness. And it continues to be a memorial to those special ladies who have not survived women’s cancer, but survive in our memories as precious gifts.” Valasca said.
“Being a part of this event has allowed me to experience that wonderful feeling of team work, nurturing, achievement and satisfaction for those who get involved. Another way to help the cause is to simply participate. That’s what it’s all about.” Valasca added.
It is people like Valasca that make this event one-of-a-kind and it goes without saying that the more people get involved, the better off cancer research will be.
Find out more at: www.endcancer.org.au or phone 1300 33 9255 (WALK)