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The Colbinabbin community has raised $30,000 for melanoma research, trials and treatments with a fundraiser in a former resident’s honour.
Lucinda Ryan, a mother of two, grew up in the central Victorian town.
She is receiving treatment for stage four melanoma, following an ongoing battle with melanoma for more than 10 years.
Lucinda’s family and friends in Colbinabbin organised a Lap-A-Thon in support of the Melanoma Institute Australia, staged during the long weekend.
The central Victorian event coincided with a Lap-A-Thon in Wongan Hills, Western Australia, where Lucinda now lives.
Three hundred people registered for the event in Colbinabbin, organiser Clare Ireland said.
“To raise $30,000 was completely unexpected,” she said.
“It shows the generosity of small communities.”
Combined with the support for the Western Australian event, she said the two communities raised more than $100,000 for the Melanoma Institute Australia.
Clare said Lucinda, her sister, often remarked on the similarities between Wongan Hills and Colbinabbin.
“She was absolutely blown away by the support of both communities,” she said.
“I want to say a huge thanks to our community and our sponsors and supporters.”
Several online auctions were scheduled for the days and weeks following the event on March 11.