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    Weʼve raised £1,270 to Raise money for 'Amy's Dream' in association with the CCMAC - Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign in Long Island, New York, USA

    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
    Funded on Tuesday, 13th November 2018

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    This September I shall be embarking on the toughest psychical challenge that I have ever set out to do, the Scottish West Highland Way (WHW). The WHW is a 96 mile (154 Km) route from Milngavie to Fort William, taking in a huge variety of scenery along the way, from countryside parks to loch-shores and open moorlands to steep mountains! Yes you read right, I am going to walk this in 7 days!

    To some individuals this would be their idea of a nightmare - why would you want to walk that far? Oh ... you call that a holiday? You find that relaxing? I have been asked these numerous questions and many more over the past few months whilst planning the walk, but to be honest I can't wait to get my hiking boots strapped on and start walking.

    Walking over the past few years has become my passion. I find it 'a breath of fresh air' and an escape from the busy world that we find ourselves in. The fresh air (quite literally), stunning scenery and sense of adventure brings out the best in me. I not only find it relaxing and calming being in the great outdoors, but more than anything helps reset me when I need it most, which I have found great comfort in this year.

    So, the great big question is why am I fundraising to walk the WHW if I can't wait to do it? Earlier this year I lost my beautiful, brave and kind hearted step-mother, Amy Gorwits to Melanoma Cancer. Amy fought so bravely and with such positivity for 3 and a half years against this cruel disease, but sadly passed away on Monday 22nd January 2018. She was surrounded by her nearest and dearest, but most importantly with the love of her life, my father and her beloved dog, Sybil. Regrettably I did not get to say goodbye to her as I was due to fly out to see her the following week for what I knew would be the last time, but I take great comfort in knowing that both her and my father were heavily supported during this difficult time by her closest friends, family and Dr Anna Pavlick at NYU Langone Medical Centre in NYC who treated her.

    Those who knew Amy knew she was a tough cookie and didn't let her illness stop her in her to day-to-day activities. She continued working throughout her treatment, had a busy social calendar and also actively took part in medical trials not only for her own treatment, but to also help advance research within this field and to one day save others from this horrible disease. She taught me above all to love, care for others, be honest, kind, thoughtful, patient and considerate to everyone in the world. All of her life she put others before herself and I aspire to be half the woman she was.

    So, in answer to my question earlier, I am walking the WHW in honour of Amy Gorwits and for the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC), based in Long Island, New York, USA. I hope that Amy would be proud of me and in doing so that I can help bring more awarneess to the dangers of Melanoma Cancer and help those affected in what I have been able to call my second home and Amy's home, Long Island, New York.

    Recently, Amy's friends and family took part in a sponsored walk in aid of CCMAC and raised over $7000 - a mind blowing amount! I am aspiring to raise a £1000, working out at around £10 a mile. Any spare cash would be greatly appreciated and fundamentally help towards beating a cruel illness that affects everyone world wide, Cancer.

    Thank you in advance to my fantastic partner, James who has supported me from day 1 and shall be accompanying on the walk. But, also to all my amazing family, friends and family friends, you know who you are and together we can help beat this!

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    • Katie Gorwits4 months ago
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      Katie Gorwits

      4 months ago

      5 day countdown is on! I can't believe how quickly the walk has come round and how much money we have raised before even setting off, big thanks to everyone that has donated so far and for your generosity. We have been busy getting the final bits and bobs sorted this week, such as buying waterproof trousers, actually purchasing the guide for the walk and ensuring we have a map. My flu has finally gone and we just can't wait to get out in the mountains and get walking! Here is a snippet of our last adventure in the Highlands up Ben Nevis ...

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    • Katie Gorwits4 months ago
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      4 months ago
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      Thank you to everyone that has donated so far ❤️ We are now over funding, which is fantastic and I am now questioning why I didn’t set my target higher? P.S. Update - I am currently battling a horrible cold/flu! So am taking every measure to ensure I get better as quickly as possible, so that training can resume! I shall keep you all updated 💛

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    • Katie Gorwits4 months ago
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      4 months ago

      20 day countdown until I start the walk and 98% of my target reached - It’s all starting to feel a little real now! James and I made a trip to the Lakes to get some practice walking in a few weeks back and covered 15 miles in 28 degree heat. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to squeeze in as many practice walks as we would like as all our friends have started getting married, so our weekends consist of celebrating and probably to much indulging! Evenings mid-weeks have then been spent in the gym trying to compensate all the damage caused 😄

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    38

    • Caroline And Jamie

      Caroline And Jamie

      Sep 13, 2018

      Well done guys great work. Hope you enjoyed it!

      £20.00

    • Kate Lovegreen

      Kate Lovegreen

      Sep 10, 2018

      Better late than never! Looks like you’ve had the best time, can’t wait to hear all the stories! Xx

      £20.00

    • Matthew Padbury

      Matthew Padbury

      Sep 9, 2018

      Well done Katie! I did it a few years ago for charity too - hope you got the weather!!

      £20.00

    • Rosie Tattersall

      Rosie Tattersall

      Sep 9, 2018

      Well done Katie and Chappers! Ollie says he didn’t want to sponsor you til he knew you’d completed it 😂😂. Great cause, great couple ♥️. Rosie and Ollie xxxx

      £50.00

    • Jonny Wiltshire

      Jonny Wiltshire

      Sep 8, 2018

      Hope the feet are holding up. Well done :)

      £15.00

    • Miriam & James Killer

      Miriam & James Killer

      Sep 6, 2018

      So so proud and I know Amy would be immensely proud. Lots of love xxxxx

      £10.00

    • Steph Morris

      Steph Morris

      Sep 4, 2018

      What a wonderful thing you are both doing for such a good cause! Good luck! Look forward to hear stories of the adventure and hope your feet and legs aren't too sore by the end! Steph and Marco x

      £30.00

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    Katie Gorwits

    Katie Gorwits

    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

    I’m a creative, ambitious and hard working 25 year old trying to find my place in the world - aren’t we all? A lover of travel, hiking and meeting diverse people, I hope that I can one day out my stamp on the world!

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