WALKING PROUD: Gracemere’s Nicole Parlett with Merle Rosadi and Helen McKay stop for a quick photo during their recent 100km walk for cancer.
WALKING PROUD: Gracemere’s Nicole Parlett with Merle Rosadi and Helen McKay stop for a quick photo during their recent 100km walk for cancer. Contributed

Gracemere woman puts best foot forward in walk for cancer

DESPITE pouring rain, a close encounter with a snake and sheer exhaustion, Gracemere's Nicole Parlett was one of only three participants to finish Brad Perry's 100km walk for cancer last month.

"I have many friends and family who have and are still now struggling with cancer, I finished the race for them," the 31-year-old said.

Nicole endured a 27 hour and 45 minute walk from Ravenswood to Ayr in northern Queensland. The race started at 2pm on August 15 and finished at 5.45pm the following day.

"I trained twice a day, six to seven days a week by doing boot camps and gym work," she said.

Out of the 31 participants in the walk, Nicole was the only one from Central Queensland.

"It poured for the majority of the walk," she said.

"I nearly stood on a snake, was chased by cattle and there were pig shooters in the paddock beside where we were walking at night which was scary.

"There were no sleep breaks and I wanted to give up around the 25km mark, but I had worked too hard not to finish."

Nicole raised $5100, which has been donated to Cancer Council Queensland.

"It took a long time for me to realise that it was okay to be proud of what I had achieved."

CQ CANCER STATS

1170 new cancer diagnoses each year

411 cancer deaths each year

Prostate and breast most common



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