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Twenty-two year old Taylor Major has a story that will break your heart and a determination that will leave you in awe.
Seven years ago, Taylor’s mum Shelley was diagnosed with breast cancer, ovarian cancer and metastatic bone cancer. She was given just three months to live and told there was no point in starting any form of treatment.
Shelley asked to be referred to Mater where she was not only given treatment—she was given hope and time.
“Since the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago, she fought hard with weekly chemotherapy treatments, surgeries and countless hospital stays. She fought hard for six years and nine months,” Taylor said.
“Mater Foundation has a special place in my heart as they support the important work of the doctors and researchers, as well as the patient’s themselves, all of whom have a common goal of curing cancer.”
Taylor set herself a target to raise $10 000 over three years and after participating in the Climb for Cancer in 2014 and 2015, as well as this year’s International Women’s Day Fun Run and Climb for Cancer, she will have achieved that goal.
“Having worked in cancer research I know how much it costs to get things done. I know that every single dollar does matter and every little bit of funding could help the researchers going with an idea which could potentially change how we treat cancer.”
On Sunday 29 May, Taylor will lace up her sneakers and make her way up the 810 steps of Brisbane’s Waterfront Place for the third time to raise funds for cancer research.
“Climb for Cancer is tough; you get to about the 10th floor and think you’re doing okay, but by the 15th flight of stairs, you’re thinking ‘oh god, what have I got myself in to?” so you slow down a bit but then you get to the mark where you can head the volunteers cheering for you and so you go a bit faster again.
“Then it’s time for your photo so you try to go faster and make it look easy and by the time you reach the top your legs are wobbling and your body is wondering what you’ve done to it,” she laughed.
Sadly, Taylor’s mum passed away in February, making this year’s Climb for Cancer even more poignant.
“This year is going to be really emotional; the first year I did Climb for Cancer mum was actually in hospital and that made it so hard because we’d worked together on the fundraising.
“She was able to come to last year’s event so doing it without her will be really hard, but I guess it’s more incentive than ever to raise as much as I can, not just for her but for all Mater families who have lost someone they love.
“I’m 22 years old and I don’t have a mum; I’ll do whatever I can so no one else has to go through the same thing.”
Click here to sign up for Climb for Cancer and help raise $350 000 for prostate and ovarian cancer research at Mater.
If you can’t make it to Waterfront Place, why not be among the first to take on our new Climb for Cancer Virtual and climb seven of the world’s most iconic buildings—all without leaving town!