Volunteer goes distance

ELISHA Banks was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 25.

She had two operations, an IVF egg harvest, six rounds of chemotherapy and 25 sessions of radiotherapy.

In December 2012, she had a double mastectomy and a breast reconstruction.

But her luck didn't improve.

Ms Banks got a flesh-eating disease after doctors used abdominal tissue to create breasts.

After two operations, a month in hospital and months of home visits, things were starting to improve.

But that was short-lived for the then 27-year-old.

She receives hormone therapy that has put her into a chemically induced menopausal state.

To help others to receive help including counselling, Ms Banks has volunteered to help the Penrith Mother's Day Classic annual fun run and walk on Sunday, May 11.

This year sees the addition of a four-kilometre run beginning at 8am at Tench Reserve, Tench Avenue, Jamisontown.

The four-kilometre walk will start at 9am.

Money raised from the event will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Foundation research topics include detection, prevention, treatment options and ways to improve quality of life.

"We want to help others get the help they need before it's too late," Ms Banks said.

Registration: mothersdayclassic.com.au.

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