Cancer walk participant shocked by own horror diagnosis

WHEN Robyn Humphreyes-Reid signed up for the Weekend to End Women's Cancers Walk, little did she know she would soon be struck down herself.

THE Buderim woman set off on the two-day, 60km charity walk in Brisbane yesterday, but admitted she was doubtful of making the finish line.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in July, Robyn has undergone a double mastectomy and is having chemotherapy.

She said she hoped to be given a clean bill of health by Christmas but would be far from full strength for yesterday's start to the walk.

She signed up for the event after being delivered the devastating news her best friend of more than 40 years, Carole Kamholz, had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

When Robyn was diagnosed herself, instead of slinking off to the sidelines she continued with her fund

raising efforts.

So far she has raised more than $5000, and her Sunny Girls team - which includes mates Helen Cheetham, Fiona Karageorge, Frances Eriksen, Melanie Belton and Lois Hagen - has raised nearly $17,000, just shy of their $18,000 target.

"I signed up in January (for the walk) but by July I hadn't really thought about it," Robyn said.

"By July I didn't have much (money) in my campaign. I thought, 'I have some time off work in July while my boss is away, I'll be able to get right into it then'.

"As it pans out, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July and that took over my life.

"One of my close friends at work (Sunshine Coast Regional Council), Lynne Saunders, took over my fund

raising for me while I was in hospital.

"While I was having chemotherapy I managed to pass the $2000 minimum in the space of several weeks.

"It was quite phenomenal."

It is not too late to donate to the Sunny Kids team at Endcancer.org.au.



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