Angel Akarana

Last year I entered my first ever Carman’s Women’s Fun Run and I did it for my sister Karina.

In 2013 my sister a single mother and at the age of 35 was diagnosed with breast cancer. Living in the middle of Australia had its challenges, one being that there were no radiation facilities for my sister to get treatment so we had to travel to Darwin and spend 7 weeks away from her son Zion, family and friends. Treatment went well and she was given the all clear. In 2016 she was diagnosed again but this time it was stage 3 breast cancer and she needed to have chemo. We were very lucky that this facility was available in Alice Springs so she could remain at home with her son and the rest of the family and her friends around her. She had and still has a number of trips to Adelaide for reconstruction surgery but we are so grateful for all the support from the Alice Springs community, BCNA, McGrath Foundation, The Cancer Council Alice Springs and The Wig Library.  Twelve months on and my sister is living life to the fullest and is sharing her experience by raising awareness and funds within the community.

I moved from Alice Springs to Melbourne 3 years ago at a whooping 118kgs.  I had always been an active person and played sport but loved Netball. After injuring both knees, being told you will never play Netball or run again and that you will need two knee replacements but can’t until you are over 40+,  I knew I needing to do something about my weight. It took me to leave my comfort zone of family and friends in Alice to actually do something for myself. 27kgs lighter and a lot more active I am so thankful that I can entered my 2nd Carman’s Women’s Fun Run again this year. Not only am I doing this for my sister again, but I am also doing it for all the other amazing women out there that have or are fighting this terrible disease and hope that my little contribution will help find a cure one day.

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