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Each year around 240 children are cared for by the Cancer Centre for Children. And every year, more than three times that many sign-up to the Walk for Kids with Cancer to help make a life-changing difference.
Held in honour of Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson, the walk supports the vital work of the Cancer Centre for Children, helping us to find better treatments, further vital research and support families both during and after treatment. It remembers the children who have sadly passed away, recognises the children who have been newly diagnosed or are currently receiving treatment, and celebrates those who have finished and been able to ring the Celebration Bell.
This year, we are proud to have five-year-old Kyah and her family on board as the Walk for Kids with Cancer patient ambassador.
Kyah has been a courageous patient in our care since she was diagnosed with cancer in May last year. Scans and tests found she had a 10.5cm tumour on her adrenal gland called a Neuroblastoma, one of the most common solid tumours detected in children under five.
Over nine weeks, Kyah had five courses of chemotherapy, 12 cycles of radiation, a nine-hour operation to remove the tumour, a bone marrow transplant. She is now starting immuno-therapy treatment as the next stage of her treatment journey.
You are invited to join Kyah and the Cancer Centre team for the Walk on Sunday 10 April. The walk will explore all the iconic views Sydney has to offer, starting at The Rocks, crossing the Harbour Bridge and skirting the foreshore before concluding at Manly.
The best part is, there are options to suit everyone:
- If you’re ready for a challenge, sign up for the full 27km scenic route. This walk takes about five hours to complete and includes stairs, hills and footpaths of varying surfaces that will get your heart pumping.
- If you prefer a shorter walk, the 13km route finishes at Balmoral and still boasts the breathing taking views Sydney Harbour has to offer.
- If you’d prefer something more at your own pace, sign up for the virtual walk. This can be completed anywhere and in your own time.
Dr Luce Dalla-Pozza has done the walk many times before and says, while challenging, it is the most rewarding event of the year.
“The Walk for Kids with Cancer is the most rewarding and demanding event of the year. It is certainly a physical challenge but worth every step along the way knowing that The Cancer Centre for Children receives amazing support through this event,” Dr Dalla-Pozza said.
In 2021 the money raised allowed the Cancer Centre to expand the Social Work care program to better support families. It also helped to advance important research to identify and develop potential treatment solutions (current and future) for children with underlying genetic predispositions to cancer.