I have been very fortunate over the last few years to have had the health and ability to run 25 full marathons in Australia and overseas as well as compete in 3 half ironman triathlons and various other activities. But all of this may not have been possible without some of the amazing people who work tirelessly at Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF). In 2006 as a 19 year old (and again in 2008 on my 21st birthday) I was diagnosed with the most aggressive and serious form of cervical pre-cancer cells. I was lucky that I had decided to have my regular pap smear only 1 week before moving overseas and the cells were detected and acted upon straight away. Completing my post op care in a new country, I was again fortunate that I stayed on top of my health and when the cells unusually and aggressively returned I was again treated swiftly. It was all very scary but I was lucky. Not long after my original diagnosis ACRF found the vaccine that would help future young girls avoid what I went through. An amazing breakthrough in medical science.
Over the last few years our family has been touched by cancer with my Father surviving skin cancer and now fighting prostate cancer (a severely underfunded and under researched cancer). During a marathon this year, and reflecting on how lucky I am that I can participate in these events, I started thinking about how I wanted to put my miles to a better cause in 2018. Thinking about my Dad's fight and our previous experiences with the "C" word I knew I had to work with ACRF in 2018 to drive me through all of my physical challenges.
So, I am pleased to be pledging to raise $10K while I work towards some of the biggest challenges I have ever faced (which is nothing compared to the challenges people with cancer face each day). In 2018 I have two major goals that will help me drive the fundraising-my first full Ironman in Cairns in June and a sub 3hr 20min marathon in Berlin in September.
Any support you can provide me to achieve these goals and in turn help ACRF and the amazing work they do on a daily basis is greatly appreciated!
A little about the cause:
I am taking part in Run for Cancer Research to raise much needed funds for Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF). Their work is really important, and I want to do what I can to help. But there is only so much I can do on my own.
You can help too, by donating to my page. Any amount you can give makes a difference!
You can also support me by encouraging others to get involved, too. Please email the link to my page to your friends and family, or share it on social media.
Thank you for your generosity and support -- it means a lot to me. Together we can help Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) create the world we want to see.