Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2017
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***UPDATE*** It's with the heaviest of hearts and tears in my eyes that I have to update this post, only 48 hours since I first wrote it. At 7am on 7 July, 2017 James passed away. He was just 28 years young. His family and friends are understandably devastated and whilst I can't even try to look for words to comfort them, I can try and have a small impact so other families are spared such grief, and wonderful young men like James get the long, full life they deserve. So now more than ever, if you've not already donated (and a huge thanks to those who have) please forego a few beers this weekend and donate a few $ in James' memory. Thank you! ********************************* I am a really bad runner - like a very slow shuffler... But I am happy to give most anything a shot. I didn't start running till I was 38 - and since then have managed quite a few halves, 10k'ers and even a (albeit slowwwww) marathon in Paris last year. This year, I am only doing the Sydney half marathon for two reasons. 1. I want to support a wonderful friend who is training with Can Too and running her first half marathon in a long time - so I am committed to run with her, every step! 2. I haven't raised money for a cause for a couple of years - and this is the year. The goal reads $1000 (edit: let's get this thing to 5K!) but with your help, I need to smash that - not want to, I need to. Here's the story. That good looking chap in the picture here is a most amazing young man of just 28 years called James King. He is a very close friend to my family who we have shared many great times with, loads of laughs with - and incredibly sadly, he is dieing. An aggressive brain tumour which he has lived with since being diagnosed in December 2010, has finally won. He had his fist operation in December 2010 and then another with the great Dr Charlie Teo six months later. These valiant efforts aside, the reality means within hours or days or weeks or months, James won't be here anymore. He won't be here to grow old. He won't be here to get married, to have kids, to travel the world - to simply be alive and enjoy all that life has to offer. James doesn't complain and he has maintained his sense of humour through this unthinkable ordeal. One of his aunties recently complained that she needed new knees from all the praying she has been doing for him - his response: 'that's nothing - I need a new brain' :). He's been stronger than anyone could or should have to be, especially in a short 28 years. And it is unthinkable - unthinkable that he and so many others have to go through such a terrible ordeal. We can't save James and he will be terribly missed by so many people - but one thing we can do is our best to ensure there are dollars for research so that more people and more families do not have to go through this in the future. If we save one person, or give one person more quality time - then it's something. In Australia, Brain Cancer kills more children than any other disease!!! Brain Cancer survival rates have hardly changed in 30 years!!! Brain Cancer kills more people under 40 than any other Cancer!!! THESE FACTS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE - dig as deep as you can. I will take anything you can afford to donate - $5, $10, $100, $1000 :). Imagine if James was your son, brother, husband, friend - you'd want to do whatever you could to ensure they had a better chance to live a long, full life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your donation - and I know James will be thrilled that I am plastering him as far and wide as I can on the www to get more visibility into Brain Cancer.

About my cause: Mark Hughes Foundation

The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) is a not for profit organisation formed in Newcastle by Mark and Kirralee Hughes following Marks diagnosis with Brain Cancer in 2013. 

Mark is a well known and highly respected former Newcastle Knights Rugby League player, business and community identity who is undergoing treatment to fight brain cancer.

The Mark Hughes Foundation has been formed to raise much needed funds to promote research, heighten awareness and support brain cancer patients and their families within the community.

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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