Samantha Wade

Stars of Wollongong

Samantha Wade | IHMRI

Samantha is a pancreatic cancer researcher for IHMRI and for the last six years has been developing engineering a small implant that has the potential to deliver the drugs used in chemotherapy straight to the tumor without the side effects of traditional chemotherapyOne of her favorite parts of her job is the lack of monotony as well as the feedback she receives from presenting her research to community groups. As a cancer researcher Samantha wants to raise money and awareness of the ongoing cancer research happening right here in the Illawarra region.  

Samantha originally comes from a small town of around 800 people, since moving to Wollongong she enjoys the wide range of outdoor activities in the area and multiday hikes are her number one way to decompress.  

Samantha believes her competitive nature will be her greatest strength going into Stars of Wollongong and she is willing to give 150% to her preparation while, trying not to forget any steps or fall flat on her face in the process. Sam aims to raise as much money as she can to put towards cancer research and she can’t wait to get started and get out there dancing with the Stars of Wollongong! 

Thank you to my Sponsors


Peter And Alyson

Good luck Sam and may you not fall flat on your face! You will be brilliant!!


Joyce Ovington


Fred Ovington

Great idea Sam, add a little "boogie" into life 💃


Bruce Ashford


Cam Gottaas



Look forward to tracking your progress! ... and great cause - good luck 🌟


Andrea & Lachy

Woo yoy go girl 💃


Michael Marien

All the best Sam and congratulations on taking part for such a worthy cause. Next time I'm in Kiama would love to catch up. So proud of your recent award. An outstanding achievement x




Katelyn Walsh