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Lake Mac resident Christine Fenner ‘Charging’ towards cancer-free future

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An inspirational Lake Macquarie resident is “charging” towards a cancer-free future… albeit one step at a time this month.

And, the Cancer Council’s encouraging the Newcastle and Hunter community to support Christine Fenner’s The March Charge challenge, too, which will raise vital funds for people affected by the insidious disease.

The local is walking 150km around Lake Macquarie, all in the name of cancer research and awareness.

It’s a cause that’s very close to her heart.

“I started The March Charge in 2017 after my only child was diagnosed with stage IV bowel cancer,” Ms Fenner said.

“So, this year will be my sixth campaign… and I’m committing to walking 150km.

“But, the 2023 March Charge has a little more purpose and meaning as unfortunately I lost my beautiful boy last month.

“This year I have a team ‘Charging’ with me called ‘Simons Jedi’s’ and my number one aim is to raise awareness of cancer, particularly to young people to remind them to listen to their body and be aware of signs and visit their GP.

“The March Charge also keeps me active and gives me daily purpose during this difficult time.”

Community relations coordinator at Cancer Council’s Charlestown office Gemma Pedri said the organisation relied on people like Ms Fenner to continue funding life-saving research, as well as providing vital information and support to people affected by cancer.

“We’re so grateful to Christine for taking on The March Charge,” she stated.

The campaign allows participants to Charge as an individual or join other Chargers and compete as a team by setting a kilometre goal and fundraising for Cancer Council.

Head online to sign up to be a charger at www.themarchcharge.com.au

If you or anyone you know has any questions about cancer, or is in need of support, phone the Cancer Council on 13 11 20.

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