DANCING WITH THE STARS: Dr Kirsten Pigram with her colleagues at the Coffs Medical Centre.
DANCING WITH THE STARS: Dr Kirsten Pigram with her colleagues at the Coffs Medical Centre.

Baring it all for cause

DR KRISTEN Pigram has had a long journey in health, travelling the outback to Arnhem Land where she worked as a remote medical officer.

Loving the adventure of travel has seen Kristen working in hospitals throughout South-East Asia since completing her studies at Sydney University and paediatric training at Sydney Children's Hospital.

Volunteering is another area Kristen is passionate about. She has been a Cancer Council Youth ambassador, the Camp Doctor for Camp Quality and completed the Oxfam 100km walk.

Kristen, put forward by her fiance Ian Nash, is immersing herself in fundraising for Stars of Coffs Coast Dance for Cancer while perfecting the Bachata, a dance of the Dominican Republic with teacher Peter Skewes, better known as Cuban Pete, from Kulturithmik.

Deeply moved and forever changed by her work on the oncology wards of Sydney Children's Hospital, Kristen said it was through further advances in research, continued education and accessible support services that the burden of cancer could be reduced.

"This needs events like Stars of Coffs Coast to raise the vital funds necessary.

"To help achieve this goal, I decided to produce a calendar titled Always On Call for a Cause.

"The doctors and staff of Coffs Medical Centre were enthusiastic to become involved with the many males deciding it was an opportunity to 'bare their souls!' "

To buy this risqué 2016 calendar at a cost of $15 simply head on down to Coffs Medical Centre, Palms Pharmacy or Coffs Central Newsagency for Cancer Council Office.

Kristen's High Teas will be held at Coffs Medical Centre on Sunday, September 30 and in October and November.

You can donate online to help Kristen achieve her fundraising goal.

"In recent decades, research has transformed the cancer landscape by developing better treatments, improved diagnostics and other innovations," the Cancer Council's Pippa Tabone said.

"More than 61,000 cancer deaths have been averted between 1987 and 2007, thanks to research into prevention, treatment and management.

"In 2007 alone research findings saved the lives of 7827 Australians, demonstrating just how far we've come."