Woman walks for cancer research

A YOUNG Ballarat woman is well on her way to raising $20,000 to go towards cancer research. 

Freya Phillips, 22, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, will take part in the inaugural Weekend to End Women’s Cancer walk in Melbourne on March 1 and 2.

With the help of friends and her sister, Ms Phillips has already raised more than $18,000, which will be donated to the Peter MacCallum Cancer 


Speaking of her diagnosis at only 21 years old, Ms Phillips said more research was needed

into young people and cancer.

“It was an absolute shock,” Ms Phillips said. 

“But you never really think about how bad it is, you’re always too


Ms Phillips, who has since beaten her cancer, said at its worst she was attending appointments every day and had five different doctors.

Thanking the many nurses and doctors who helped along the way, Ms Phillips said she was looking forward to the walk and the chance to raise more money and awareness. 

Anyone wishing to donate can visit www.endcancer.org.au and click the team name ‘cancer crashed my 21st’.