There are very few families in the region who haven’t felt the shattering impact of cancer.
Elizabeth Ryan is no exception, losing a grandfather, friends, an uncle and a cousin to the disease.
This Sunday, Ms Ryan will lace up her boots and embark on a five day trek in central Australia to raise money for gastrointestinal (GI) cancer research.
“I’ve seen the suffering of cancer and have lost a number of people very close to me to the disease,” Ms Ryan said.
“A friend, who inspired me to take up trekking, was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year and lost her battle earlier this year.”
GI cancers claim 33 Australian lives every day.
Five days with her sister and a team of trekkers, including ABC Indonesia correspondent Adam Harvey in the red centre will raise funds for the GI Cancer Institute.
It’s the second time Ms Ryan has trekked for the charity, with her last effort raising $150,000, single-handedly funding a new trial looking at bowel cancer mutations.
Donations can me made through a GoFundMe page or by purchasing a scarf or bracelet at the Junee Railway Cafe.