Inspiring stories

After the death of their best friend and sister, Johanna and Celine decided to chop off their hair to fight women’s cancer. Will was pushed to the limits by his mates when he decided to give up his favourite things in the fight against cancer. And we can’t forget the martial artists who kicked, chopped and punched their way across the world.

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Declan Foott - 6,000 miles for breast cancer research

Declan Foott

After tragically losing his mum Tania in 2015 from breast cancer, RMIT student Declan wanted to do something to honour her and fight back against the devastating disease. Declan decided to set out on his bike, departing Federation Square and riding nearly 6,000km to Darwin.

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Raquel Simpson - Cancer had taken her cousin’s hair, so she let him take hers.

Raquel Simpson

For Raquel, cancer in the family was sadly all too familiar. Her grandfather passed away in 2016 from bowel cancer, and only months later she received the devastating call from her cousin Shane that he had testicular cancer. Shane was losing his usually lush hair from chemotherapy so Raquel decided to let him shave her head.

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Janet Halsall - Walking challenge to raise awareness around cancer in her community

Janet Halsall

Walking 20 km per day for ten consecutive days, Janet decided to take on a great walking challenge, while using the time to raise awareness around cancer in her community.

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Eloise & Sophie give rare cancer research a boost

Eloise and Sophie

“We asked ourselves, 'why wouldn't we do it?' and when we couldn't think of one reason not to, we signed up straight away to shave our heads.” After three family members were diagnosed with rare forms of cancer, Eloise Belli-Youston and Sophie Hynes wanted to help.

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Tea break raises $1300

Gemma Iacuone

"I love tea and so did my mum. I drink it every day, first thing in the morning, on my breaks and in the evening." Gemma Iacuone decided to go without tea for a whole month in memory of her Mum.

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One half-marathon not enough for Napthali

Napthali Meltzer

Napthali Meltzer ran seven half-marathons in just 13 days to raise more than $5600 for Cancer Council Victoria.

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Jordy's story

Jordy Edwards

To support his 12-year-old sister who was going through chemo for a rare form of cancer, Jordy decided to shave his fro before she lost her hair.

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William Huggett

William Huggett

From giving up talking, his clothes, and his bed - you name it, he has given it up to raise much needed funds for cancer research, prevention programs and support services. "It started as something small, at first, but quickly ballooned into the crazy, ongoing fundraising efforts that I'm part of today."

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Kieren Devisser's Cycle for Cancer

Kieren Devisser

At just 16 years of age, Kieren Devisser set himself the challenge of riding 2700 kilometres from Uluru to Melbourne via Adelaide, Mount Gambier and the Great Ocean Road all in just 26 days.

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Johana and Celine chop their locks for cancer

Johana and Celine

Inspired by the loss of their best friend and sister, Johana and Celine decided to cut off their beloved locks to help women going through cancer treatment. "We saw how hard it was for Nadine to endure the pain of hair loss, so we hope to make the process easier for other women. To unwillingly lose your hair to a disease is extremely horrific and dreadful to undergo. By cutting our hair, we are giving the opportunity for someone else to feel 'normal' again."

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Charity  Ball

Geraldine, Kate & Tracy

Having watched close family members and friends face cancer, Geraldine, Kate and Tracy decided they wanted to do something to help. The trio held a ball in Essendon with 225 people attending the event, which was filled with raffles, live auctions and lots of dancing.

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Snow lovers jam for the cause

Mum’s the Word Rail Jam

Also known as a ‘jam’ snowboarders and skiers come together at the event in Mount Hotham for a free, non-competitive session where people can have fun and provide support for those affected by cancer.

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Fight for Life

Fight for Life

In memory of his dear friend Wendy, an accomplished martial artist, Kevin began Fight for Life – a series of seminars that brings martial artists together to share skills, make new friends and raise vital funds for cancer research.

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