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Professor Janet Hardy was inspired to pull on her hiking boots and get trekking when she heard about this year’s Mater Foundation’s Machu Picchu trek, which has raised more than $273 000 for prostate cancer research at Mater.
Not only did Prof Hardy join the 13 day trip, which included a four-day, 44-kilometre trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, she also raised almost $8000 along the way!
As Mater's Director of Palliative Medicine and clinical program leader for Palliative and Supportive Care Research at Mater Research, Prof Hardy spends her days with patients who are in the final stages of illnesses including prostate cancer.
“Every day I look after men living with advanced prostate cancer– I witness their pain and suffering and the huge impact the disease has on their lives, and on their families and carers,” she said.
“By investing more into prostate cancer research we can find better ways to help improve their quality of life and make them more active and less reliant on hospitals and health care providers.”
If you would like to help Prof Hardy and her research team make a difference for men with prostate cancer, click here.
The funds raised through this year's treks in support of the prostate cancer research project will:
- help to define priority areas to improve the care of men with aggressive prostate cancer
- develop guidelines for healthcare professionals to tailor treatment options for men with advanced prostate cancer
- support men in rural and remote areas through the provision of evidence-based care guidelines
- identify the needs for families and carers of men with advanced prostate cancer.