Just six months after having her first child, nothing could prepare Kate O’Neill for the news that she was about to receive.
In December 2017, the now mother of two, went to her GP for a skin check and just a day later, she received some shocking news.
The itchy and “funny” looking spot on her right forearm was found to be stage 1 melanoma.
“I got the call when I was at home … with my new baby and she was only six months old and to look down at her and know that you’ve got cancer, all of a sudden, and you just don’t know what the future could look like, that was really tough,” Mrs O’Neill said.
The Albury resident underwent surgery and is now cancer free.
Following her cancer scare, she is now more determined than ever to raise awareness on the dangers of the sun and much needed funds for melanoma research.
“The biggest thing I learnt through all of this, is that I’m not special; so many people have melanoma,” she said.
According to the Melanoma Institute of Australia, melanoma is the third most common cancer, with one person being diagnosed every half an hour, while every five hours – a loved one is lost.
Mrs O’Neill has organised this year’s Melanoma March, which will be kicking off at 9am on March 22 at Padman Park.
It's hoped the $10,000 goal will be achieved on the day in the three kilometre walk.
“Just get the message out there that you are never too young to get your skin checked, and you’re never too old, your skin is never too perfect,” Mrs O’Neill said.
“Just go get a check-up; you only have to do it once a year … it can save your life.”
For more information to register or sponsor someone who is walking in the Albury march, head to: www.melanomamarch.org.au