COLAC’S Tracey Lang says she is overwhelmed and humbled by the support she has received from the community in her quest to raise money for a cancer charity in honour of her late sister.
Mrs Lang is one of a team of 14 women taking part in The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers this weekend in Melbourne.
“The team’s called Tough Mothers,” she said.
“All of us that are walking are mums, and mums that have been affected directly or indirectly by this insidious disease.”
Mrs Lang, who lost her sister Rebecca Finn to cancer in October 2014, said her cousin Louise McIlwraith asked her to take part in the walk.
“She’s a breast cancer survivor; and she said to me when Bec passed away, ‘you should do
the walk with me’ and I just thought it was a good way of trying to perhaps deal with a bit of grief and give a bit back to the Peter MacCallum centre,” she said.
“We have team singlets and actually this year on the back of the singlets they have what we walk for, and they actually have my sister’s name; it’s a little bit overwhelming, but I’m also just so proud to do this for her.”
Mrs Lang said watching Rebecca fight and lose her battle with cancer was “unbearable”.
“It makes you feel helpless,” she said.
“I suppose the thing is with Bec though, never once did she say ‘why me’ through the whole battle.
“She left three beautiful kids and a husband behind and an absolutely devastated family; she just tried her hardest and unfortunately a cure couldn’t be found for her.”
Mrs Lang said she was amazed by the generosity of Colac’s community who had donated money to help her raise more than $10,700 for the Peter MacCallum cancer treatment centre.
“We are a small community, we’re constantly asked can we donate to this, can we donate to that, and I was a little bit hesitant at the start because I don’t like asking people for money because I know that sometimes it can be difficult,” she said.
“I organised a girls’ night in October last year and it was an amazing night, and actually I raised $9000 dollars in that night alone.
“There were 200 ladies from around Colac; it was just lovely to have everyone in the room who was there for the same cause and as I mentioned on the night, unfortunately one in three of us are affected by cancer at some stage, so it is going to affect a lot of people.
“I’m very humbled to think that Bec’s death could have such an impact on so many people and that has been proven by the generosity of the community, and I can’t thank people enough.”
Mrs Lang said she chose to raise money for the Peter MacCallum centre to give back to the centre which she said was amazing.
Mrs Lang said she hoped the money she raised would help save “one life; it is such a destructive and indiscriminate disease”.
“It goes towards vital funding for research and clinical care at the Peter Mac centre, it’s Australia’s only public hospital that is solely dedicated to cancer and it’s the largest cancer research group in Australia.”