QUEENSLAND Maroons fan Laura Cantrell is getting ready for one of the biggest challenges of her life where she hopes to complete a five-day trek along a remote section of the Great Wall of China to raise funds for children’s cancer research.
Laura will be raising money for The Kids Cancer Project – an organisation that is one of the largest funders of childhood cancer research in Australia – and has set herself a fundraising goal of $15,000.
As well as preparing for the trek which will take place on June 16, 2015 she is also hoping to raise more money by auctioning a Queensland Maroons State of Origin 2014 jersey.
Signed by the full team; she will be putting it up for auction on eBay from now until February 19, 2015.
All proceeds from the sale of the jersey will be donated to The Kids Cancer Project.
Laura has been personally touched by the tragedy of childhood cancer with her little brother Ross passing away from a brain tumour at the age of 3.
“For many years I have wanted to raise funds for a children's cancer charity in his memory,” Laura said.
“Recently, we also lost my cousin Toni to cancer – too young at 46 – and that has inspired me to get out there and achieve my fund raising goal.”
To find out more about Laura’s story or to donate directly to her Great Wall of China trek visit: https://greatwallofchina2014.everydayhero.com/au/laura
You can take part in the Queensland Maroons jersey auction here.
Childhood Cancer Facts*
· Australia has one of the highest incidences of childhood cancer in the world
· The causes of childhood cancer are unknown and there is no prevention
· Three Australian families hear the words ‘your child has cancer’ every day
· Only 1 out of 5 children who relapse with neuroblastoma will survive
· Australian children die from cancer more than any other disease
*provided by The Kids Cancer Project