Amity Rogers died of a tumour in her brainstem in January of this year. To meet our Amity was to meet a funny, joyous, clever, loving, spirited girl who loved life and gave generously of herself. We miss her desperately. We miss her laugh and her smile, her gentle words of encouragement and her crafty creations which always became gifts to someone. We miss her praise, her cheeky little observations and her warm hugs. She was a girl who had a lot to offer the world.
Amity’s tumour was donated to the Children’s Cancer Institute. From the time she was three, Amity said she wanted to be a scientist, so we felt it was right to give her tumour to the researchers and doctors who will use it to find a cure for brain cancer. We hope that one day, a family will not need to lose their Amity to brain cancer. Brain cancer is now the leading cause of non-accidental deaths in children. Interventions are urgently needed.
To help raise money for the Children’s Cancer Institute, we have formed Team Amity for the Sydney Running Festival. We are calling you to join us on this mission. Sign up to join Team Amity. You can run any of the distances available on the day (Marathon, half-marathon, 10k and 3.5k). Amity’s older brother will be running in the 10k version. Her four-year old brother will be running the 3.5k. (We suspect he’ll try and hitch a lift on the back of his little sister’s pram.)
If you can’t join us on the day, please consider supporting us, either by donating or sharing this page. All money raised will go to vital brain cancer research. We have to put an end to stories like Amity’s. We can and we will.