I'm running the half marathon in the upcoming Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, and I've chosen to run in support of the Children's Hospital at Westmead. The Children's Hospital has a lot of sentimentality for me, as when I was 11 I broke my hip after running in a school athletics carnival. Initially doctors said the best course of action was to pin it and I would be walking again soon - but I would need a hip replacement, have early arthritis and be in frequent pain in later life. Instead, after going to the Children's Hospital I was put on an experimental treatment program which had much better outcomes over the rest of my life at the cost of considerable short-term discomfort. I went through with it, survived my year in a wheelchair and over 6 months on crutches, and now I relish the opportunities I have and the freedom I feel whenever I get to run or walk around. I've just completed my first city2surf and am now on the lookout for more events to push my boundaries. I (and the Children's Hospital) appreciate any donation you can give and I hope I can make you all proud of my efforts!