As an avid traveller/trekker Kate has undertaken the Tour of Mount Blanc (a multi-day trek of Western Europe’s Highest peaks) and summited Fansipan mountain (3,143 km) in Vietnam.
Following the loss of a friend to brain cancer in 2017 and an aunt who is a breast cancer survivor, this year Kate is undertaking the Camino de Santiago/Way of Saint James (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Way). Commencing the 4 week trek on 11th September 2018, Kate will trek the 800km from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela.
"This trek is an opportunity to reflect on different aspects of life and to support and remember those people who have much tougher battles in life" - Kate 8/9/2018
With a shared passion for science and outdoor activities, Kate has teamed up with friend Dr Kelly McKelvey, the Matt Callander Beanie for Brain Cancer HMRI Fellow (https://hmri.org.au/news-article/fellowship-optimise-brain-cancer-therapies). Kelly's research examines the combination of surgery and chemo-radiation with novel immunotherapies, and why existing immunotherapies have not shown the same
promise in brain cancer, as they have in other cancers.
"What really resonated is that we're risking a 'cure', or at least more time that brain cancer patients can spend with their families" - Kelly 5/12/2017
As part of this pilgrimage Kate is donating her proceeds to the Mark Hughes Foundation (https://markhughesfoundation.com.au/), an Australian non-for-profit organisation that supports Medical Research into Brain Cancer.
Follow the trekking blog, cheer Kate along and donate to help tackle brain cancer!