Diane and Ileana Moonwalk

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On Saturday 13 May Imperial College Business School’s Diane Morgan, Associate Dean of Programmes and Dr Ileana Stigliani, Assistant Professor of Design and Innovation hiked the MoonWalk London 2017 to raise funds to fight breast cancer.

The 26.2 mile overnight power-walk across the capital, run by charity Walk the Walk, started at 10:30 p.m. on the Saturday evening and took 8 hours to finish.

“Pushing through muscular pains and blisters, we walked (and danced) under the early morning rain, finally crossing the finish line at 6:30 a.m.!” said Ileana.

“I injured myself during training, about three weeks before the walk. Knowing that my legs were not in the best shape the night of the event really concerned me. But Diane, our team member Julieanne and I all stuck together for the whole 26.2 miles, supporting and pushing each other.”

It was a tough but amazing and rewarding experience, which Diane and I are really proud of
Dr Ileana Stigliani
Assistant Professor of Design and Innovation
Ileana Stigliani

That sums up the spirit of the whole event: being united and strong for a common purpose! It was a tough but amazing and rewarding experience, which Diane and I are really proud of.”

Ileana, who joined the team after a friend’s recent diagnosis with stage 3 breast cancer, added: “I have lost a few friends to cancer, so I’m quite sensitive to the cause.”

Walk the Walk raised over £3 million for the cause, with Ileana personally raising £1,200. She is now working on building an Imperial team for next year’s MoonWalk. “Our Acting Dean Nelson Phillips has already agreed to take part!”

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