ANGIE Siperki is loathe to let illness or injury encroach on what she wants from life.
Through her recovery from a debilitating car accident 17 years ago that broke her back and neck, and during her latest battle with breast cancer, the fiercely independent Wangaratta woman has set her mind to “getting on with it”.
Last Sunday, what Angie wanted was to complete a 5km walk in The Age Run Melbourne event with some of her closest friends and family.
But this was not just any walk; for Angie it was an empowering way to raise money for the Breast Cancer Network of Australia (BCNA) to continue the work she knows is so important, and also to thank those who have been there for her in her darkest hours.
She triumphantly crossed the line on Sunday in a time of 1:13:21, hand in hand with her sister-in-law and her best friend, and was greeted by floods of tears from those who knew what it took to get there.
“On the day, I wasn’t emotional until the end, but in the last 250m there were all these flags and they called out, ‘Here’s Team Angie’, and I got a bit emotional to see the people who had done the run waiting for us,” Angie said.
“I just felt, if anything, what’s happened to me hasn’t been in vain, and with the support of my friends and family and others, I’ve at least been able to help.
“And I guess to walk 5km while doing chemo is a bit of a personal achievement.”