IN TRAINING: Ballina business owner Simone Boyd is trekking 180km of the Great Wall of China in May to raise funds for National Breast Cancer Foundation.
IN TRAINING: Ballina business owner Simone Boyd is trekking 180km of the Great Wall of China in May to raise funds for National Breast Cancer Foundation. Graham Broadhead

Simone challenges Great Wall for breast cancer cure

BALLINA business owner Simone Boyd is taking some difficult steps to help find a cure for breast cancer.

The 42-year-old survivor of the disease will in May trek about 180km in five days across The Great Wall of China with a tour group raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Simone, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2013 and is now in remission, is confident she will make the distance.

You see, in November 2014, while she was still recovering from her treatments, she trekked Africa's highest peak, 5895m Mt Kilimanjaro, in seven days raising $6500 for the NBCF.

"That was extreme," she said.

But she hasn't stopped training since then, and is looking forward to the challenges offered by the many, many steps along The Great Wall of China.

She is taking part in these adventurous fundraisers to give something to the research into breast cancer.

While she played netball in her youth, she said she was never really a fitness freak. But her illness changed that.

"It turned me into a gym junkie," she said.

She trains for about 10 hours each week.

And that is an important part of her wellness regime, along with being very careful with the foods she puts in her body.

She said she has focused on taking positives out of her illness.

There will be 42 others on The Great Wall of China trek.

The trekkers all pay their own way, and all the money they raise goes directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The fundraising target for each of the trekkers is $3500.

You can donate at Simone's business, Ballina Power Equipment, on Southern Cross Dr in the Southern Cross Industrial Estate.

For online donations, see the website nbcfchina2016.everydayhero.com/au/simone.