Long walk to help a friend in need
THEY have walked a marathon every day for a week, raising funds for one of their own, Carla Deery, who is battling a rare form of breast cancer.
The nurses of the Coffs Harbour Emergency, who work with Carla, will this weekend complete their Endure for a Cure fundraising walk between Byron Bay and Coffs Harbour.
They are set to reach the Jetty Foreshores on Sunday around 2pm.
"It's just been amazing the support we have received along the way," organiser Victoria Higgins said.
"We have raised around $8,000 and our target is $10,000 so hopefully we will achieve that by Sunday.
"The generosity of people who have donated has been incredible.
The nurses have been joined by family along the walk and the entourage is highly visible in bright pink.
"We have to say a special thank you to police highway patrol officers who arranged for our shirts to be delivered from Coffs Harbour, to Grafton, then on to Maclean and Iluka.
"The shirts we had made up arrived late and so we did the first leg in makeshift shirts before the police were able to help out with the delivery."
Carla, her partner Matt Cramp, and two children Ruby, 4, and Angel, 2, have faced the toughest year of their lives after doctors diagnosed Carla with inflammatory breast cancer - a rare and terminal condition.
The family's ray of hope rests with breakthrough new treatment, an anti-cancer drug that exists in the United States, but has not been listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
Donations can be made to BCU account Endure4acure BSB 704-328 account number 232976.