About Walk to Fight Cancer

Walk to Fight Cancer is the second UNITE event for 2022 – a 10-day virtual walking challenge starting on 13 October.

We’d love you to join us!

What does it take to find cures for cancer? Dedication? Smarts? Perseverance? Technology? Our researchers here at Peter Mac have all that and more. But we can’t do this alone.

What would you give to bring hope to every person diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones? Your sweat, your determination, your passion?

Tens of thousands of our wonderful community of supporters have done just that over the last four years by taking part in Unite to Fight Cancer. They even turned out en masse when UNITE went virtual in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic – across not only Victoria but the rest of Australia too.

It’s because of the success of our UNITE virtual format that we decided to split the event into two challenges for 2022 – a RIDE in April / May and a 10-day WALK in October. Our first Ride to Fight Cancer was a great success –thank you so much to the 1,500 Riders who took part, and for raising over $500k for research at Peter Mac.

Now it’s time for all our wonderful Walkers to step forward and Walk to Fight Cancer between 13-22 October. Join our virtual walking challenge today and help give all people with cancer the best chance of a cure.


UNITE in numbers


Over 10,000 fantastic fundraisers have United to Fight Cancer with us since 2018.


Almost $5.5 million has been raised to accelerate cancer research at Peter Mac.


Over 95,000 friends, family members and colleagues have supported UNITE by donating.

Giving hope

The vital funds raised through events like Walk to Fight Cancer help enable our cancer researchers to continue their life-saving work into discovering new cancer cures.

One of the most exciting recent advancements that benefits from this support is immunotherapy, the first totally new treatment modality for cancer in over 50 years. Immunotherapy harnesses the body’s natural defences to fight against cancer by either activating or suppressing the body’s own immune system. It’s been a game changer for many blood cancers, but so far, scientists have been unable to discover a way for immunotherapy to be effective on solid tumours.

That’s why Peter Mac researchers, Professor Joe Trapani and Professor Gail Risbridger, have teamed up. They believe that by combining their extensive research experience, they will discover the right combination of therapies that will make immunotherapy an option for more people with cancer.

Your support will help accelerate cancer research like Prof Risbridger and Prof Trapani’s to give all people with cancer the best chance of a cure.


How much does it cost to take part in Walk to Fight Cancer?

There is no registration fee for WALK 2022 – it’s completely FREE to take part.

How will I track my walking kms?

You can either track your distance automatically (by connecting to Strava) or manually on your fundraising hub, whichever you prefer.

Do team members need to sign up at the same time?

No. The first person to join up can create a team and share their chosen team name with the rest of the members. They can then join when they’re ready.


“We all know too many people and families who have been affected by cancer.”

Mandy Strongman started fundraising for Peter Mac after the mum of one of her girlfriends was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her friend then discovered that she carried the BRCA2 gene too, and so opted for a preventative double mastectomy.

Determined to do her bit to help find a cure for cancer, Mandy’s become a true Peter Mac hero, taking part in challenge events over the last 7 years and raising more than $115,000.


Any questions?

You might find the answer on our FAQs page – but if not, or if you’d prefer to chat to someone, please get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to help!

13-22 October