Judith taking steps in fight against ovarian cancer with inaugural walk

LOCAL nurse Judith Breiter is hoping that a special walk for women will help ease the sorrow of the first anniversary of her best friend’s death.

And more importantly than raising money for charity, the grieving Teri would like next month’s event to help to raise awareness about ovarian cancer.

Fifty-three year-old Moira Scott sadly lost her battle with the disease on November 2 last year. The mental health nurse, based at West Port, had bravely fought the illness – known as the ‘Silent Killer’ – for two years. And on Saturday, November 2, more than 100 people will take part in the first ever ‘Movarian Walk’, inspired by her name and story.

Friend and organiser Judith told the Hawick News: “Moira was a wonderfully warm, caring, selfless human-being. Such a waste of a life; only half lived. She had been diagnosed only two years previously with stage 3c ovarian cancer. She suffered through chemotherapy and numerous invasive treatments, but to no avail. If women were more informed of the signs and symptoms, perhaps we could disrupt it’s silence.”

The death of the mum-of-two has driven Judith to organise various fund-raising events already, from a frock swap to a coffee morning, but says educating women is a major part of Ovarian Cancer Action’s work. “Money is only the half of it, raising awareness for me is predominant. And since Moira died, I’ve always known that I wanted to organise a special event for the one-year anniversary, and if the walk became an annual event, it would be fantastic,” she said.

Judith, also a mental health nurse, added: “It will be an extremely tough day for everyone that knew and loved Moira, but the event has received great support from friends and colleagues willing to take part, it is fantastic.”

The Movarian Walk will start at the Teviotdale Leisure Centre at 11am on November 2, with anyone wishing to join in just to go along and register at 10.45am. Participants can walk or run either six or 12 miles round a route in the Hassendean area.

And anyone wishing to donate or leave a tribute, can go to The Moira Amos (Bunyan) Scott Tribute Fund at www.ovarian.org.uk