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Marisa (L) receiving the donation for the Melanoma Walk from Byron Bay Lady Golfer Margaret Pierce. Photo supplied

Margaret Pierce

Ballina’s Marisa Worling is about to undertake a marathon walk from Merimbula on the south-east coast to Port Melbourne, a distance of 621km to raise funds for melanoma and other skin cancers.

She will join the Jay’s Mission Melanoma Walk to raise $10,000 by the time the distance is completed on the first day of summer.

The Byron Bay Lady Golfers started the ball rolling with a fantastic $500 donation.

An avid runner, Marisa’s melanoma story began in 2017 while she was participating in the 50km Ultra Trail Australia event (UTA50). What started as an ache ended up being a tumour the size of a golf ball in her lower leg.

After various surgeries, radiation treatment and immunotherapy, her body responded well. 

Last year Marissa returned to the UTA50. In the meantime, Marisa decided to try her hand at a more gentle sport. She took part in a Byron Bay Ladies’ beginner golf clinic for women in February and became a member of the club in October. 

Marisa says it is important to raise awareness of skin cancer in the sport of golf as golfers are out in the sun for long periods at a time. She approached the ladies’ committee seeking support and was delighted with the generous contribution. 

Marisa has already raised $6,000 and is confident she will reach her target. Donations can be made at www.jaymissionmelanomawalk23.raisley.com/marisa-worling  


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