Imogen Wallace was a child patient of the Royal Children’s Hospital after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2009.
On Sunday 27 October 2019, 10 years to the day after her initial diagnosis, Imogen will be cycling 100km around Melbourne in support of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation. This is her story.
“This is the first time I have fundraised for Peter Mac, though I have been heavily involved in fundraising for other cancer organisations. Together with my extended family and friends and the support of our local community, we have raised over $10,000 for cancer research and support.
“After being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, I went through my treatment at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and became a patient of Peter Mac for my long-term follow-up. I have also had close family members and close friends receive treatment through Peter Mac so the hospital has not just helped me, it’s also saved the lives of loved ones.
“Now that I am well, fit, and healthy, I want to give back to the organisations that have given me my life. I want to help raise funds for Peter Mac as they are at the forefront of cancer research and finding a cure.
“This year will be the 10th anniversary of my diagnosis. That day, I wasn’t sure if I’d be alive in a year’s time, let alone 10 years’ time. Throughout treatment I was told I may never run or play sports again, but I have defied those odds. To be able to complete a 100km ride is going to be physically and mentally challenging, but the sense of achievement after completing it will be more than enough of a reward.”
If you feel inspired by Imogen’s story and want to support Peter Mac, then join us on Sunday 27 October as we Unite To Fight Cancer.