Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017
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I am taking part in Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017 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! Furthermore your donation will be matched by my employer :) After seeing my god-daughter, Jessica Whelan, suffer with Neuroblastoma for over 12 months until she found peace last year, I wanted to do something to raise money to help fund research for children’s cancer. It was suggested by a colleague at work to run a marathon, I entertained the idea for about 5 minutes before dismissing it and filing it neatly in the 'too hard' basket, never to be found again. It took a week to come to the conclusion that, if even I was to run a dreaded marathon, the pain I would endure during this 42.2km (26 mile) run would only be a shadow on what Jessica felt on a daily basis while trying to beat this awful disease. The story continues and just as I started training just a few times a week I had a devastating phone call from the back home in the UK that my Grandad had passed away very suddenly, lung cancer, playing a contributing factor. I was heartbroken, as were my family and this is why I’m now running for cancer research. So, here I am today, already training 3-4 times a week for the Blackmores Sydney Marathon in September 2017. The training will be hard and the run itself even harder, but I’m prepared to give up the time and put in the effort to help raise much needed funding in memory of Jessica Mae Whelan & Graham Crabtree.

About my cause: Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF)

Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) believe that a world without cancer is possible. It is a bold statement but one that we are committed to.

We can’t do this without you. Every day our supporters help to accelerate what can be achieved by giving Australia’s best scientists the technology they need to outsmart through better detection, prevention and treatment.

We are passionate about innovation and impact and believe accelerating cancer research is vital. Thanks to our generous and committed supporters we award grants between $1-10M each year for major equipment and technology. We are the only charity in Australia that does this, many fund the person (the researcher) but no-one else provides the cutting-edge equipment they need.

Together we can outsmart cancers, and we won’t stop until we do.

If you have any questions, call our fundraising team on 1300 884 988 or email Thank you!

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About Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017

The 2017 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is an iconic event with a spectacular course that includes a run over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a finish at the Opera House. The festival will be held on September 17, 2017 and features a marathon, half marathon, bridge run and a family fun run - so there is something for everyone. 35,000 runners are expected to participate in 2017.

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