Breast cancer survivor pushes herself to say thank you
Four years clear of cancer, Connie Nicoletti-Lewins is committed to supporting the people who work to solve cancer’s mysteries and develop new treatments.
Inspired by Perth’s annual Walk for Women’s Cancer that raises funds for cancer researchers at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Connie has set herself a personal goal to walk 70kms and raise $10,000.
“I trained my butt off last year and it was much easier to do on the day so I thought I’m going to beat that this year.”
Last year Connie walked 56kms, despite the official length for the Walk for Women’s Cancer being 35kms. It was the distance she set for herself after learning about the Walk on her 56th birthday. A 56km walk to raise $5,600 were her aims.
More than 700 people have registered for this year’s Walk for Women’s Cancer on May 29. The 35km Walk starts and finishes at the Harry Perkins Institute in Nedlands.
“I need to push myself to feel worthy of everyone’s donation. These people who are suffering, these researchers who are working so hard to find a solution, all these people motivate me so I’m going to push myself as well,” she said.
“I’m walking and jogging three to four times a week.”
Asked if she’s always been a runner Connie laughed.
“No, but I raised four boys.”
With a career that’s included mineral processing research and development and working as an editor in the minerals sector following studies in applied chemistry, before turning her hand to PR and event management to accommodate family moves, Connie has a track record for achieving whatever she sets her mind to.
Anyone wanting to support Connie can donate to her via www.walkforwomenscancer.org.au ~ Click ‘donate’ at top of page, and then search for “Concetta Nicoletti-Lewins“, to find Connie’s individual donation page..