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Weʼre raising £1,000 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

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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 Gorwits25 days ago
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    Katie Gorwits

    25 days ago

    In 45 days, James and I shall be starting the West Highland Way! I mentioned briefly in my story about why we are fundraising for the walk that we will be covering it in 7 days. So, I thought we would share with you all our route and how far we will be covering each day. We had played with the idea of doing it in a shorter amount of time as being keen walkers and relatively fit we reckon we could have pushed for 20 miles a day, however we also wanted to enjoy the walk and not make it a race. After all, it is our holiday!

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  • Holly Duckworth

    Holly Duckworth

    Aug 13, 2018

    Best of luck Katie & James, you'll nail it! I will always cherish my trip to NY & spending time with Amy - such a wonderful lady who is so proud of you. Lots of love xxx


  • Myrna Schein

    Myrna Schein

    Aug 12, 2018

    I'm so happy you are doing the walk for Amy. She would be so proud of you! This a beautiful tribute to my sister. Thank you!❤️❤️😘😘


  • Anonymous


    Aug 3, 2018

    So proud of you both xxx

  • Stella Victorelli

    Stella Victorelli

    Aug 1, 2018

    Well done for raising money for such a beautiful cause ❤️ Good luck to you both! You will do amazing! Stella and Duncan


  • Ann Schwartz

    Ann Schwartz

    Aug 1, 2018

    I am shocked and saddened to hear about Amy's passing. I remember when she was born. Amy and her older sister Myrna lived next door to me when we were kids. Such a loss. Thank you Katie for walking


  • Charlee Oliver

    Charlee Oliver

    Jul 28, 2018

    Good luck Katie and James, you two wonderful people! I hope you know how proud Amy would be of you and doing this for such a great cause. Lets hope for good weather!! Lots of love xxxx


  • Stewart Manning

    Stewart Manning

    Jul 20, 2018

    Great effort for a Great Cause in Memory of a Great LadyRespect to both of you xx


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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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