Long walk to help save lives

Fairfield Resident Pamela Ordona Wong, 29, at home with her daughter Milah. Pamela will walk 60km over 2-days as part of the Weekend to End Women's Cancers. She lost her mother and father to cancer, only to find out less than a year later, she too was suffering from breast cancer. Picture: Anna Warr

Fairfield Resident Pamela Ordona Wong, 29, at home with her daughter Milah. Pamela will walk 60km over 2-days as part of the Weekend to End Women's Cancers. She lost her mother and father to cancer, only to find out less than a year later, she too was suffering from breast cancer. Picture: Anna Warr

WHEN it comes to cancer, Fairfield's Pamela Ordona Wong has experienced the worst of it.

The 29-year-old lost her mother to lung cancer in 2001 and her father to stomach cancer in 2012.

Less than eight months later, she was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer.

The mother of one said she underwent chemotherapy last year and was fortunate to recover.

"Both of my parents' cancers were very aggressive," she said.

"Mum was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2000 and died in February 2001 while Dad was diagnosed with his cancer in October 2012 and was gone a month later."

This is why Mrs Wong has decided to take part in this year's Weekend to End Women's Cancers.

Determined to find a cure for the debilitating disease, she will walk 60 kilometres over two days in a bid to raise funds for cancer research.

"It's a way to turn something negative into something positive, as well as raising awareness about cancer," Mrs Wong said.

"It's going to be a challenging two days but rewarding at the end of it."

She said it was important to get behind the cause and raise awareness about cancer.

"It has affected me so much in my life and I don't wish it upon anyone," Mrs Wong said.

"No future generations should have to go through this."

The walk will take place from November 8 to 9. Mrs Wong is hoping to raise $5000.

To help Mrs Wong reach her target, make a donation by visiting http://tinyurl.com/ltcxr27.

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