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What did the Queen say to her husband when they reached the top of Mt Kosciuszko?
Ok, bad joke. But great cause!
Our amateur hiking team, Summit Up Nicely (you smiled at that one!), is hoping to raise $1500 as part of The Mount Kosciuszko Challenge 2018. On Saturday 17th March 2018, we'll be climbing 2,228m above sea level to reach Kosciuszko's summit, taking a few happy snaps, turning around and climbing back down again. In total, this will be about 21km of hiking and possibly 500 games of "I Spy".
This Challenge is an event organised by Rare Cancers Australia, an organisation that aims to improve awareness, support and treatment of Australians with rare and less common cancers.
Every year, over 52 000 Australians are diagnosed with a rare or less common cancer. As well as the emotional and psychological stress on families that is caused by a loved one who has received any type of cancer diagnosis, families battling rare cancers often face a series of additional challenges.
For the 200 rare and less common cancers that have been identified, funding for research into their prevention and treatment has been low. As such, the survival rate for patients has only improved marginally over the last twenty years. This depressing outlook for families is worsened through the fact that available treatments (if any) are often not covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and therefore, patients' families are faced with the possibility of tens of thousands of dollars worth of medical expenses.
The importance of this issue is something which we would probably not have been aware, if it wasn't for a family member and friend receiving such a diagnosis. We hope that the money we raise will assist in reducing the number of families who are forced to learn about this issue in a similar way.
We hope that we can count on your for your support in this worthwhile cause.
Summit Up Nicely
(Ashlee, Jess and Kostan)