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Trek to Machu Picchu with Penny Brohn Cancer Care

Updated on February 14, 2011

Leading UK cancer charity Penny Brohn Cancer Care Centre celebrated its 30th birthday last month.  Since its inception in 1980, the centre has provided all sorts of complimentary care and practical advice to people with cancer and their families and friends.  As its profile has risen, the centre is now looking after more people than ever, so the centre has come up with some fantastic fund raising ideas for the coming year.

What the Centre does

Nearly everyone has been touched by cancer, whether personally, or through relative or friend. It is indiscriminate, and can appear at any time of life. My own Father died of cancer in November 2009.  Being diagnosed with cancer leaves the sufferer reeling, and feelings of isolation, anger, confusion and fear can take over. Whilst a diagnosis can be fraught with worry, Penny Brohn Cancer Care Centre is there to ease the mind, focus on the positive and, of course, fill the patient with hope.

The Centre differs from other support networks as it is a leading charity which offers the cancer sufferer, and the relatives and friends of sufferers, specialist support, including complementary therapies, advice and counselling, residential (and non-residential) courses and a holistic approach to facing and fighting cancer. It puts on regular events such as talks on nutrition and healthy eating, and lectures given by experts in the field of cancer care and management. The centre even has its own on-line shop, full of natural, chemical-free foods, homewares and beauty treatments.

The overseas challenges are one of the most popular ways to raise funds. People can be found all over the globe cycling, skydiving, canoeing, horse-riding and trekking in order to raise sponsorship for this wonderful cause.  What better way to see the world and have an adventure than to spend it with like-minded people who are promoting a good cause and raising money for it along the way?

Walk the Walk

 ‘Walk the Walk’ proudly supports Penny Brohn Cancer Care Centre, and since it’s embryonic beginning as a one-off fundraising event in 1997, when 13 women power-walked the New York Marathon in their bras to raise awareness of breast cancer,  ‘Walk the Walk’ has grown into a thriving multi-million pound charity.  To date, it has donated over £9 million to Penny Brohn Cancer Care Centre.  Last year, a group of 19 volunteers climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and raised a whopping £85,000 for the charity.  Next year’s challenge will take a group of intrepid trekkers in the footsteps of the Incas, following the path to Machu Picchu in Peru.

Machu Picchu

Walk with me to Machu Picchu!

If you feel up to the challenge, why not take the time to find out if you have got what it takes to join the 2011 Peru Trek? The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu has to be one of the most famous in the world. Trekkers will pass through stunning mountain scenery, subtropical jungle and lush cloud forest along the legendary Inca paving stones.

Once you sign up to the challenge, there are two ways to raise money: you can to pay a deposit of £399 and then raise sponsorship to a minimum of £3,095 to cover your full costs, or you can pay the £1,599 and then raise as much as you can. Please go to: to find out more.

My Father died of cancer in November 2009. The trek to Machu Picchi leaves on his birthday. I want to raise as much funding for the cancer centre as I can.

The people supported over the years by Penny Brohn Cancer Care have had harder mountains to climb and longer roads to walk down – why not do something amazing next year and get involved in this adventure of a lifetime!

PLEASE sponsor me with a donation... every penny raised goes to the cancer Centre

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      A wonderful article, Julie-Ann, and thank you for sharing.

    • Julie-Ann Amos profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie-Ann Amos 

      8 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Thanks everyone. Please make a donation if you can, even small amounts add up

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      Mardi Winder-Adams 

      8 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      Wow, this is really a great cause and fund raising activity. I do something on a much smaller level but this is spectacular!!!!!

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Julie Ann, a great and giving hub, cancer is the one most painful, depleting of spirit, path I've ever witnessed taking folks to the grave. Folks need all the spiritual help they can get on this path, voted up, 50

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful and thanks for share about this. I hope many people will love to read this hub and give donation if they care with others....amen. I always support everything related with help and supporting others. Good job, my friend. You are the best and I'll pray for you.

      Blessing and hugs,


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