Mt Gravatt East Local Walking 72km to Support Dad with Cancer

Mount Gravatt East local Emma White

Mt Gravatt East local Emma White is leading the charge to help raise awareness of prostate cancer by joining The Long Run and conquering 72km this September.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) campaign calls on Australians to run, walk or ride 72km throughout Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness and funds for research and support.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the region, with one Australian man diagnosed every 22 minutes.

Ms White said she was inspired to take action after her dad, Steve, was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year.

“Witnessing my dad’s strength and determination through his diagnosed has inspired me to take action and make a meaningful difference by raising funds and awareness,” she said.

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Mt Gravatt East Emma White
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“Before my dad’s diagnosis, prostate cancer was something I was aware of but never thought it would impact my family.

“Throughout the last few months, I have felt the challenges of a diagnosis through PSA tests, MRIs, ultrasounds, biopsies, a PET scan, and surgery, which has given me a profound understanding of the impact this cancer can have on individuals and their families.

“I would encourage others to join The Long Run and stand alongside everyone in the fight against prostate cancer. By getting involved, you’re raising awareness, promoting early detection, and supporting those battling.

“Every step we take, and every dollar we raise contributes to research, resources and support networks.”

Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, Anne Savage, commended Emma for making a difference.   

“Community action is key to cancer control, helping us to raise awareness of Australia’s most commonly diagnosed cancer and encourage early detection,” Ms Savage said.

“Importantly, The Long Run helps us support men and their families, providing vital funding for clinical trials and PCFA prostate cancer nurses.

“Emma is an inspiration – demonstrating that together we can make a difference, helping love go the distance against prostate cancer.”

Several thousand eager runners, walkers and cyclists are expected to join The Long Run this September, with a total goal of $1 million for research, support services and awareness. Go to to register.

Published 25-Aug-2023