Boob-sled Antartic adventure to raise awareness for cancer
KATE Carlyle was just 31 years old in 2009 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and subsequently had both of her breasts removed.
Two and a half years later she found another lump on her chest, she went straight back into hospital to be told she again had breast cancer.
"The doctors told me it happens to less than 2% of all cancer patients," she said.
"So not only was I young and dealing with the fact of having cancer, I then had to deal with it coming back so quick."
She had three surgeries, six months of chemotherapy and countless days of radiation treatment.
"The fact that I am still here is a blessing," Ms Carlyle said.
The adventurous vet will embark on a solo expedition, coined Pink Polar Expedition, with just himself, a kate and a boob-sled
Because she's still here Ms Carlyle wants to raise awareness about breast cancer and her close friend, and keen adventurer Dr Geoff Wilson, is on board for the ride.
Dr Wilson and Ms Carlyle will travel to Cape Town in South Africa then head south to step foot on a Russian military base in Antarctica in November.
The adventurous vet will embark on a solo expedition, coined Pink Polar Expedition, with just himself, a kite and a 'boob-sled'.
Ms Carlyle will be helping out her "best mate" by blogging, tracking and interacting with the rest of the world through a website and social media.
Their aim is raise more than $1 million for the McGrath Foundation.
Dr Wilson just returned from two weeks training in New Zealand where he experience what the elements might be like at the South Pole.
He fell off a 30ft cliff with the boob sled.
"Thankfully when I fell I missed the boobs," he said.
"I wouldn't want to get a nipple in the back."
He suffered a bad cut to his arm which became infected and caused issues later in the training.
But he survived.
As part of their efforts to raise funds a luncheon was hosted at Saltbar Beachbar and Bistro today.
About 70 guests showed their support and heard both Ms Carlyle and Dr Wilson's stories.
McGrath Foundation Ambassador Tracy Bevan also attended the event.
"It's fantastic to see so many people here," she said.
"Everyone looks lovely the way they've pinked themselves."
If you can help the duo reach their $1 million goal visit pinkpolar.com.au