Footing it for Flinders 2010 has now finished

08 Nov 2010 - 12 Nov 2010

Footing it for Flinders is a 5 day fundraising trek along the Great Ocean Road 8-12 November 2010. The aim is to raise $100,000 for ovarian and gynaecological cancer treatment, research and patient care at Flinders Medical Centre.

 

The 20 motivated, passionate and like-minded individuals taking part in this event all have one goal - to make a difference to the lives of women affected by cancer and their families. This is a very special event - please show your support and donate now!

 

If you'd like to participate in the event or help raise funds please contact Felishia at the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation on (08) 8204 5216 or felishia.abbott@health.sa.gov.au

 

Felishia's Story - Founder and Participant of Footing it for Flinders

 

I was 27 when I was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer (stage 3c) in February 2007. It came as a complete shock as I had no obvious symptoms apart from feeling quite tired and a little bloated. By the time I was diagnosed the cancer had spread from my right ovary to my lymph nodes (a very dangerous stage to be at).

 

What followed was 10 months of treatment including three major operations and six sessions of intense chemotherapy. It was a fight for survival. One of the hardest things I had to deal with during this time was not knowing whether this treatment would in fact save my life ... I had to stay as strong as I could mentally and believe with all my heart and soul that I would get through this. I made a promise that, if I made it through I would endeavour to help those who faced a similar journey.

 

And ... here I am! Two and a half years later I'm happy, healthy, and the founder of what I hope will be an annual event to raise funds for cancer research and patient care at Flinders Medical Centre. In 2009 the first Footing it for Flinders team raised just over $100,000 for The Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer which was a mighty effort indeed! This year funds are being directed toward ovarian and gynaecological cancers, a cause extremely close to my heart.

 

Footing it for Flinders is more than just a fundraiser. It's proof of how a group of determined and passionate people can rally together and raise awareness of a cause they truly believe in. It's a test of courage and of mental and physical strength. It's about inspiring others to follow their dreams. It's about giving something back to the community and helping the people we know and the ones we've never met.

 

These days, the cancer does not define who I am but it has changed who I am. The memories of my cancer journey will be with me forever but I use it as my source of inspiration every day. I'm a survivor!

 

Sponsor me at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/felishiaabbott

 

Footing it for Flinders is a fundraising initiative of the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation.

 

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