Seven months on after losing her mum, Chloe Lattanzi is making the late Olivia Newton-John proud by taking on a new key role within ONJ’s charity organisation.
In October Chloe will be leading the Olivia Newton-John Wellness Walk and Research Run – an event that her mother put on annually hosted by the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne.
The 5km walk is designed to support cancer-thrivers and raise funds for the centre, and this year the event will be held at the Alexandra Gardens in Melbourne, on October 8th. Those that can’t attend in person are encourage to be involved virtually.
Talking to the Herald Sun about taking up the continuation of her mother’s dream, Chloe said “I want to expand on my mom’s dream, continue her legacy, and lead the walk.
“It’s an honour for me to further her work, and I will never stop.”
John Easterling, husband to Olivia for 14 years, said: “The walk meant a lot to Olivia, but it means the most to the people receiving treatment. It’s really about quality of life for cancer patients.”
All funds raised from the walk will go towards wellness programs that reduce the side effects of cancer treatment and help people with cancer to thrive.
In October 2022, two months after Olivia passed, John revealed that his late wife’s final wishes before losing her battle with breast cancer was that people fighting cancer have access to alternative treatments, like she was able to.
John said that treatments such as medicinal cannabis “undoubtedly extended Olivia’s life and gave her quality of life.”
The Australian icon publicly advocated for alternative treatments even in her final hours and John noted that Olivia didn’t need “toxic chemicals or addictive painkillers” to manage her terminal illness.
The news of Chloe’s role within the foundation comes just a few days after Chloe and John returned to Melbourne to farewell Olivia in a state memorial.
As the two people that were the closest to ONJ, both Chloe and John spoke, with Olivia’s daughter emotionally speaking of her grief, saying, “I feel like a little girl, lost without her mother.”