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Resident ready for Melbourne walk

Echuca-Moama residents Karen James, Coral Gulson, Ros Beriman and Rachel Ellis, along with fiance Steve Colless will walk 60km to raise money for the Weekend to End Women's Cancer appeal

ALEX BATHMAN January 20, 2014 4:44am

Rachel Ellis, Coral Gulson, Steve and Ryder Colless, Ros Beriman and Karen James.

Five district residents are on a quest to raise at least $2000 each for cancer research in order to take part in Australia’s first Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.

Karen James, Coral Gulson, Ros Beriman and Rachel Ellis, along with fiance Steve Colless, will embark on a 60km walk through Melbourne in March.

According to Cancer Council Australia, one in three Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.

All five Echuca-Moama residents have had loved ones battle the disease.

Miss Ellis, 37, and Mr Colless, 33, have both had their mothers battle the disease and their son Ryder, 2, was diagnosed with Langerhans cell histiocytosis disease — a cancer-like illness — in December 2012.


‘‘It’s pretty horrific to see your mother and son in pain and suffering,’’ Mr Colless said.

‘‘We are doing this to end cancer for women but also for cancer in general,’’ Miss Ellis said.

‘‘For our mums and aunties and for Ryder who needed me, his mum, throughout his ordeal.’’

The family are waiting on news of whether Ryder will be given the all-clear this week after a PET scan and MRI on Thursday.

‘‘I’m doing this for my mother and Ryder and also Rachel’s mum,’’ Mr Colless said.

All funds raised will benefit the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia’s largest cancer research group and only public hospital dedicated solely to cancer.

Mrs Gulson, 45, knows the effects of cancer all too well.

She lost her father to the disease 13 years ago and her mother is battling melanoma.

Mrs Gulson said the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has been a great support throughout her mother’s treatment.

‘‘I would just love to see some cures for these cancers and more research. There has to be a cure out there somewhere,’’ she said.

The group has formed the Bendigo Bank Corporate Team and will walk 30km on Saturday, March 1.

After an overnight stop in Hawthorn, the group will walk another 30km the next day.

To help raise money the group has organised a movie night and raffle. The movie night will be on Thursday, February 6, at Paramount Cinemas in Echuca at 7pm.

Movie night tickets are $18 and raffle tickets are $2. Both can be bought from the Bendigo Bank branch in Echuca.

For information, contact Rachel on 0419552148.

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