Duo takes on 200km trek to honour lost loved ones
TWO women from Sydney are preparing to lace up their shoes and endure a 200km trek in five days, all in the name of cancer research.
Rachel Lucchini, 30, and Chelsea Phillips, 25, will be taking on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail starting in Yarraman, in memory of two special men in their lives who were affected by cancer.
In 2017, Chelsea lost her beloved Opa (grandfather) to mesothelioma - a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos - just weeks after his diagnosis.
Similarly, Rachel's world was turned upside down this January when her dad died after battling mouth and throat cancer.
Both were feeling lost and helpless so they decided to take on the challenge of walking 200km to raise awareness and much-needed funds for cancer research.
"When Dad got sick, before we knew it, it was terminal,” Rachel said.
"I was on the lookout for our next hike to do and have something he could look forward to, but unfortunately I never got to do it with Dad, so the next best thing was to do it with Chels.”
Chelsea was quickly on board with the idea.
"I always knew I wanted to do something, and after my grandpa passed away I went through a bit of a dark time and felt lost,” Chelsea said.
"I really wanted to help other people in the same situation and by raising money for cancer, hopefully someone's family and friends don't have to lose them, so when Rach asked me I was 100 per cent on board.”
The women have partnered with the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and have so far raised $7170, with a goal of collecting $10,000 by the end of their trek.
The pair will set off from Yarraman on Thursday, July 10, and follow the 161km trail to Wulkuraka Station in Ipswich, before walking the 39km to Brisbane.
Despite having to walk between 30 and 50km a day, Rachel and Chelsea are determined to push past the struggles they will face.
"We have people above us watching over us, so our determination will be for them because they are our real heroes,” Chelsea said.
"What they went through was indescribable, and us doing this walk is a big deal, but the discomfort we will experience will be nothing compared to what they went through,” Rachel said.
To donate to Rachel and Chelsea's cause click here.