Athena is always up for a challenge, and I am looking forward to counting our blisters together again. It was an amazing day last year, so when she said “How about Ask Eve hitting the walking trail as part of the GO Red campaign”, I just knew I had to join her and the team!
Last September we walked our way across the peak district with fantastic company, we were joined by researchers and doctors, women affected by cancer and the people that love them. It was a real team effort to do something positive and make a difference for the women of tomorrow.
Being able to spend the day being Ask Eve on the hoof was fantastic, what a better way to answer women’s questions and chat to their families than being outdoors in the beautiful countryside.
It isn’t often in my role as Ask Eve nurse I get to meet the women I support in person and I loved it!
Not only did I get to take my role on the road, I got to talk to other healthcare professionals and researchers and continue conversations about our collaborations on improving gynae health awareness. Sharing our hopes and aspirations for research and care was an inspiring experience.
As well as the researchers we work with and the women I support it was fantastic to have a day out and about with the rest of the Ask Eve office team, who all work so hard to make sure we can deliver our service to the women who need it. Knowing we were all there together, raising money for research and awareness of gynae cancers and to keep Ask Eve doing its fantastic job of answering women’s gynae questions and concerns was hugely motivating.
It wasn’t just the walkers that were involved, everyone who supported one of us, or donated towards the cause made a contribution. One researcher, who works at Manchester University came from nearby in the Peaks, her Grandad, who was in his 80s, waited all day in his car with refreshments and snacks for all of us walkers in his home made pit stop. What an absolute star, it was the best cup of tea I ever had and was humbling to see the pride he had for his granddaughter and the important work she is doing.
We were all in it together, from staff at Eve, to the researchers we fund, the women we are doing this for and the people that love them, to the people who supported each and every one of us along the way. The ripple effect was wide, and we were all in it for one thing, to raise awareness of signs and symptoms to enable early detection and ultimately detect the risk factors to stop gynae cancers in their tracks.
If you have been inspired to join Tracie on this year’s trek, you can sign up today.
If you can’t make it, you can sponsor Tracie and support her efforts.