Rachel takes Dad’s memory to African heights

Rachel takes Dad’s memory to African heights

Rachel Livingston will take her Dad’s memory to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro in November.

Rachel’s father, John Livingston (pictured with Rachel on her wedding day), died last year from gallbladder cancer — after being diagnosed during a holiday with Rachel’s Mum and told he had only eight weeks to live.

“We were devastated”, says Rachel. “We had no idea he had been living with such a sinister, terminal illness.”

Rachel, of Ainslie ACT, will honour her father’s memory and raise money to help others avoid the same fate, by joining the GI Cancer Institute’s week-long Gutsy Challenge to the top of Africa’s highest mountain.

“I chose the GI Cancer Institute because its research has led to breakthroughs in gallbladder cancer treatment, and I wanted to climb for a small, trusted charity so that I would know for sure that my money is going towards research.”

The GI Cancer Institute conducts clinical research trials to improve survival, extend lives and improve the quality of life of patients during and after treatment. Clinical trial patients have access to the latest treatment free of cost with professional medical staff in a safe and effective environment.

To support Rachel’s challenge, click here.

To find out more about the Kilimanjaro Gutsy Challenge, click here.

Report 20/1/15 in City News, Canberra.