Team IHMRI prepares for the 2018 Great Illawarra Walk

Pictured above: Team IHMRI preparing for 2018 Great Illawarra Walk, Dr Michelle Townsend, Janine Tehovnik, Louise Negline, Joanna Harrison, Dr Lezanne Ooi, Natalie Gurthie and Kara Lamond

A brave bunch of IHMRI staff and researchers, plus their friends and family, took on the daunting challenge of The Great Illawarra Walk, a 100km round trek between Shellharbour and Coalcliff.

It was all for a good cause.

This year The Great Illawarra Walk supported the Saving Chloe Saxby campaign. Chloe’s family will direct the funds raised to ground-breaking stem cell research in IHMRI’s laboratories by Dr Lezanne Ooi and team.

The first stage of work to find potential new treatments for Chloe’s condition, the devastating Vanishing White Matter Disease, has already commenced. 

Read more about Dr Ooi’s research.

Start training! The organisers of The Great Illawarra Walk have decided to continue their support of the Saving Chloe Saxby campaign and stem cell research at IHMRI in 2019. 

“A journey of 10,000 miles steps with a single step”

Led by Dr Lezanne Ooi, Team IHMRI set out bright and early in Shellharbour on Saturday morning for the first leg of The Great Illawarra Walk.

Showing no signs of fatigue what-so-ever, Team IHMRI stormed into Warrawong! And who should we bump into? Chloe!!

Team IHMRI with Chloe Saxby during the 2018 Great Illawarra Walk at Warrawong

Team IHMRI power walked the Wollongong to Corrimal leg in an hour. New record, we reckon. Perhaps we couldn’t wait to see Chloe again!! Thanks to the Rapid Relief Team for the free food and drinks.

Team IHMRI with Chloe Saxby during the 2018 Great Illawarra Walk at Corrimal.

It was a tag team effort. Team IHMRI looking very happy overlooking the views up north.

Team IHMRI on the 2018 Great Illawarra Walk at Austinmer.

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