THE thing that made Howlong’s Kristy McMahon lie awake at night was never her cancer. It was people’s generosity.
She and her husband Matt wondered how they would ever repay their loved ones, work colleagues and complete strangers for their kindness shown during her breast cancer battle which began in February.
“Once we got over the shock of the (cancer) diagnosis, all we thought about was the generosity of people,” Kristy, 35, who has a mastectomy last month, recalled.
“All of these gifts started arriving; it’s been a bit of a journey to accept that generosity.”
The former Herald and Weekly Times journalist and present-day project officer with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (Rutherglen) decided to focus on raising money for cancer charities.
“Breast cancer affects one in nine women and cancer affects one in three,” Kristy said.
“I wanted to give something back.”
Kristy and her mum, Ann Lorden, also a breast cancer survivor, will walk 60 kilometres to raise money for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation on March 1 to 2, next year.
Anyone is welcome to join their team called Howlong Now?!, which will start training in October.
To contact Kristy phone 0427 045 539 or send her a message on Facebook.
Kristy’s story — pages 30, 31