Two-time cancer survivor takes to the streets
VANESSA Wyder is a cancer survivor who has beaten Hodgkin's lymphoma twice and decided that if she could beat cancer, she could do anything.
Ms Wyder was diagnosed with the disease in 2006 when she was only 21 years old and although in remission in 2007, she was told in 2010 she had suffered a relapse and would have to undergo the extremely invasive and painful treatment again.
After her long battle with the disease, Ms Wyder was pronounced 'cancer free' in July 2011 and about nine months ago, she felt well enough to go on a tour around the country to raise funds for cancer prevention and immunology.
Last weekend, Ms Wyder arrived on the Gold Coast in her motorhome and before she drives through the Tweed on her way to Victoria tomorrow, she will hold a 'girls night in' event at the beach at Burleigh Heads tonight.
Ms Wyder said her goal was to raise $1 million and although she was unlikely to reach that target, she had collected about $70,000 and hoped to get to the $100,000 mark.
"I set my sights high and although I probably won't make it, to reach $100,000 is fantastic," Ms Wyder said.
After kicking off her tour in Melbourne, she travelled to South Australia followed by Western Australia, the Northern Territory and then on to Alice Springs before cutting across the country to Byron Bay.
Ms Wyder said she would leave the Gold Coast tomorrow and drive through the Tweed on her way through NSW and head for Victoria before ending her trip in Tasmania in January next year.
The 'girls night in' barbeque will be held at Burleigh Heads beach opposite the tourist park and will start at 5.30 pm until 7.30 pm.
Ms Wyder said she had 20 confirmed guests but there was still some room left for anyone wishing to support the cause and have some fun at the beach.
The set menu option costs $25 per person and includes a free glass of champagne while people who want to support Ms Wyder and her cause can do so by buying some of the merchandise on offer or by donating cash in person or via Ms Wyder's website at cruisin4acure.org.au.
Bookings for tonight's barbeque can be made by calling Ms Wyder on 0421 666 039 (before 4.00 pm).