800 walkers tackle childhood cancer


More than 800 people made their casual Sunday stroll count for cancer today when they walked from Circular Quay to Manly as part of the Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson’s Walk for Kids with Cancer.

The 26km coastal walk brought families and friends together to raise funds to help conquer childhood cancer.

Ambassador, 15-year-old Phoebe, who has undergone cancer treatment and just learnt to walk again, led the walk in the early hours of the morning, inspirationally completing her 5km goal before continuing to Manly to cheer on the other walkers as they arrived.

Over $300,000 was raised for the Cancer Centre for Children at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to continue to provide expert care, treatment and support for children and young people, $52,000 of which was raised by team 'In Memory of Brooke'.

The Walk for Kids with Cancer was started by the late Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson who, before he lost his own battle to cancer, wanted to do something for the ‘young ones’ with his mantra being ‘I’ve lived a good life, theirs is just beginning’.

Thanks to the many people who participated today, many more ‘young ones’ will be helped by their generosity of his legacy.

Dr Luciano ‘Luce’ Dalla-Pozza, Head of the Cancer Centre for Children, joined other Hospital staff members and supporters at the event.

“It was great to see so many people walking alongside the patients and families I have had the honour of treating,” he said. "On behalf of the children, parents and staff at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead I pay tribute to each and every person who was associated with the Bob ‘Tug’ Wilson’s Walk for Kids with Cancer. Their efforts today will help us give every child with cancer the best chance of a full recovery,” Dr Dalla-Pozza said.

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