Why Dr Alex Mogilevski will do whatever it takes to support gynaecological cancer research
Dr Alex Mogilevski is not your average dentist. For a start, he used to be a physiotherapist but decided, after several years of practice, that he needed to follow his heart into dentistry. Second, Alex is the only one of his profession who’s stepped up to raise $10,000 for gynaecological cancer research by trekking to Mt Everest Base Camp. When you ask him why Alex gets straight to the point.
“I don’t have any family members affected by gynaecological cancer, and I hope I never do,” Alex says. “Years ago, when I was Andreas Obermair’s physio he told me about his research work and the Battle – Cherish’s annual beach volleyball fundraiser. I jumped on board straight away, and I’ve been involved five or six times since then. It was always such a pleasure. The event was well organised, the Cherish team is so friendly, and we had fun.”
Each year at the event, I’d listen to the personal stories told by women or their families about their experience with gynaecological cancer. It motivated me. I’d think to myself, ‘I don’t want this to ever happen to someone I love, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to stop it from happening to more women.’ We need more medical research to achieve that.”
This year for Alex ‘whatever it takes’ means trekking to Mt Everest Base Camp, which thankfully has also always been on his bucket list. “It’s the next level of adventure – a benchmark challenge. I’m a very active person. I’ve probably done every active hobby except intense trekking,” he laughs. “But Andreas asked me to come along, and what a perfect opportunity to do something for the world and something I’ve always wanted to do.”
He does confess to being a little worried about the altitude. “I went to altitude once in Hawaii to see a volcano. It was only a third of the height of Everest, but we drove up quickly, and I got affected by the altitude. On the trek, I’m going to take it slow and steady, and hopefully avoid the same problem.”
Alex’s partner and family are 100 per cent behind him doing the Cherish Trek. “Almost half of my fundraising support has come from my family, and I’m very grateful. I’m about half way to my target, and I still have a couple of events to run,” Alex says. “I’m hopeful the local dental specialists and community will get behind me, and the events will help push me up the hills of Nepal for a good cause.”
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