On Sunday 27 May, a team of 16 nurses from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth walked 12km to raise awareness and funds for better lives for people with pancreatic cancer. Their efforts were incredibly successful, raising over $11,000 for research and clinical trials. The team members work together as surgical nurses, and have seen the impact that the disease brings to families.
Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of all major cancers, with just 7% of patients surviving for five years after being diagnosed. The team walked together as friends and colleagues, completing the UWA half marathon to raise funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer patients.
“Nursing patients and supporting their loved ones everyday through GI cancer illness and therapy really hits home about why fundraising and raising awareness is so important,” says team member Grace Roberts.
The team took on the challenge under the name ‘Whipples It Good’, after the Whipple Procedure, a surgical procedure that can extend life for people with pancreatic cancer.
The Whipples It Good team is part of the Gutsy 100 Runs Challenge, an intiative which aims to recruit 100 people, throughout 2018 to raise $50,000. Teams and individuals across Australia will be running and walking to raise money for gastro-intestinal cancer research, including the GI Cancer Institute’s Innovation Fund.
More information about the Gusty 100 Runs Challenge is available here.