Two months ago Stephanie Campion and Sonya Maloney were recovering from surgery and treatment for breast cancer, but this Sunday the pair will be running in the Women's 5km Walk/Run Event 2019.
The women are part of a larger Northern Tasmanian group who have taken part in a Cancer Council Tasmania program to prepare and train for this event.
Ms Campion was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer in April and said "it was a fairly big shock".
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She elected to have a partial mastectomy and radiotherapy as treatment, which made her "extremely tired", but she "tried to do work and stay engaged".
"I wasn't sure how much I could do and this program gave me confidence."
Ms Maloney's breast cancer diagnosis came at a similar time to her running mate, and she elected to have a lumpectomy and follow up radiation treatment.
"I felt really lucky I didn't have to go down the chemotherapy route. The Holman Clinic was wonderful," she said.
"I tried to keep active through the whole thing and tried to beat tiredness by walking."
Cancer Council Tasmania Fundraising and Events coordinator Melanie Knight said the group started with low intensity exercises and were "power walking up Howick Street" eight weeks later.
The Women's 5km Walk/Run Event 2019 raises awareness of all cancers, but also encourages and supports women to have fun while being active.
- WHAT: Women's 5km Walk/Run Event
- WHEN: Sunday, September 15, run starts at 10am
- WHERE: Start and finish at City Park, Launceston
- REGISTER: womens5k.com
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