Dr. Lorraine Chantrill, AGITG Board Member and medical oncologist with a focus on pancreatic cancer research, will be heading off on her 80km trek of the Larapinta Trail on Sunday 6th August.
Her motivation for setting herself this challenge is personal. As she explains ….
“As part of my medical practice, every day, I see families affected by pancreatic cancer” she says “I have been participating in clinical trials to find a better way to treat my patients and I am walking this trek to honour a promise I have made to those I have treated to do whatever I can to improve the life expectancy.”
The Classic Larapinta Trek is one of the seven Great Walks of Australia and is now noted as one of the top 10 walks in the world on many trekking writers’ walking lists. Walking the high ridge lines of the West MacDonnell Ranges trekkers will gain a rare perspective of vast flood plains, the razorback rocky outcrops and sheer scale of this ancient land.
The diversity of trail stages is impressive: at times the trail descends from the ridge line into narrow canyons where sheltered pockets of delicate fern and twisted gum trees grow from the dry rivers of sand. On other stages trekkers will walk to the impressive Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm and sunrise climb of Mt Sonder (1,380m) a perfect vantage point from where we can trace the entire West MacDonnell Range.
Lorraine will be joined by 16 others from across Australia, who have all taken up the challenge to not only trek the 80km but also raise much needed funds for GI Cancer Research. All monies raised contribute to the AGITG Innovation Fund Grant – which is awarded each year.
One of the other Gutsy trekkers will be ABC journalist Adam Harvey, whose training for the GI Cancer Institute’s Larapinta trek was going well until he was shot on assignment in the Philippines. His injury was a nasty shock, but he’s recovering well and keen to complete the challenge he has set for himself. For him it is also personal – trekking in honour of his father Peter Harvey, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012 and who passed away just tree months later.
Adam explains, “With only a 7.7% five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer a focused and determined effort is needed to improve the outcomes for those diagnosed … and the same goes for many other rare cancers.”
With help from the public and AGITG members, we will be able to conduct more clinical trials and provide more hope to the 24,600 Australians diagnosed with gastro-intestinal cancer each year.
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