Women stepping up for cancer cause

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Southern Forest Steppers team members Tawana Taylor and Debi Johnson in the pop up shop to raise money for the Hawaiian Walk for Women's Cancer.
Camera IconSouthern Forest Steppers team members Tawana Taylor and Debi Johnson in the pop up shop to raise money for the Hawaiian Walk for Women's Cancer. Credit: Tari Jeffers

A team of local women are doing their part to raise money and awareness of women’s cancer.

In the lead up to the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer on May 4, the Southern Forest Steppers are raising money to take part in the event.

To take part in the walk, participants have the raise a minimum of $1000.

As part of preparations, some of the members organised a pop up clothing shop at the Manjimup Woolworths complex.

Manjimup resident Tawana Taylor said the Steppers were looking to raise as much money as they could ahead of the 35km walk, leaving from University of WA.

“We did it last year and it was one of the hardest and most rewarding things of our lives,” she said.

For Debi Johnson, the walk is a personal endeavour, as there is a high risk of breast and ovarian cancer in her family.

“I never met my grandmother because she died of cancer and my great grandmother was 39 when she died,” Mrs Johnson said.

“I got tested and foundI am at high risk through my dad’s side of the family.

“I got my ovaries removed as a preventative measure, and I’m the lucky one because I had a heads up.”

Visit www.walkforwomenscancer.org.au/my-fundraising/donate/123/southern-forest-steppers- to donate.

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