Shelley took part in the Christchurch Pink Star Walk 2015. Along with her bootcamp group she raised an amazing $583!
“I’m a personal trainer and a member of our Bootcamp group, Natalie, was diagnosed with breast cancer before last year’s Pink Star Walk. To raise money, we decided to donate a dollar for everyone who attended Bootcamp the month before the walk.
On the day there was a group of us that did the walk together. It was a great evening, made even more special when Natalie came along to cheer us on at the end!”
Lynn has been taking part in the Auckland Pink Star Walks since 2010, however, last year the event helped change Lynn’s life when she met the Busting with Life Dragon Boating team.
“It was a great shock when the doctor told me I had breast cancer back in September 2010. After my diagnosis I researched everything to do with breast cancer, and found the Pink Star Walk.
Last year, as we were wandering around the vendors, munching on sausages, I spied the dragon boat team, recruiting new members. They told me that there was a try out session the next morning. At the time, the rugby world cup was on, and I would miss the All Blacks match. But I prioritised and went off to Pier Z the next morning.
Within the next few weeks I was a newbie paddler, with a fantastic team of women who had all been through breast cancer. I have since completed my first season of Dragon boat paddling. Been to all the training sessions, all the regattas, won the medals and made lots of friends. All very special ladies with a common bond.
On a personal level, I feel fitter than I have ever been and I feel proud of myself – which is a brand new experience for me. You’ll see me once again at this year’s Pink Star Walk; I can’t wait!”
Veronica took part in the first ever Wellington Pink Star Walk in 2014. She raised an incredible $1,220, our top individual fundraiser in Wellington!
“I decided to take part as breast cancer has been in my life in various ways over the past 20 years. I lost my mother to breast cancer 10 years ago and then in 2013 I was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer.
While looking for information about breast cancer, I would often see the wonderful events that were occurring in Auckland, so when I had the opportunity to participate in an event in Wellington, I jumped at the chance!
My friends had to push me 10km in a wheelchair as I had just undergone breast reconstruction. My friends knew how important it was for me to be part of the walk, so they made sure I was part of it. My fundraising page also inspired others to do the walk with me, they wanted to do more than donate - they wanted to participate.
I am really excited about participating again this year. The walk coincides with my anniversary for being 2 years cancer free! That’s every reason to do it!!”