Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2018
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10 Years? What's that all about? Well, incredibly, as it seems like yesterday still, it's been 10 years since my Mum passed away from Cancer, a week short of her 61st birthday. There's many things that are cruel about this, but to me the cruelest were the nature of the cancer - a smoking related lung cancer to someone who had never smoked, and the fact that having saved all her life Mum had just retired, and was planning on spending her retirement doing what she loved. Anyway, I don't usually do the charity fund-raising thing, because my runs are mine, but this year it feels different. The race itself is nearly 10 years to the day, and so it seemed appropriate. I've selected Chris O'Brien's Lifehouse because not only are they a cancer charity but I think the way that they go about things is different - and can help so many people in so many ways. So, 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 to help me raise money for such a worthy cause! Oh, and the way this thing works is that once I get to $500 the cost of my entry to the race ($105) gets refunded so I get to "run for free". To get things started I've donated $105 already - and I'll top this up with the tax rebate too when we get to $500!!! Cheers, Ben

About my cause: Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

Our mission at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is to improve the quality of life of cancer patients, carers and their families by advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of the disease.

Around one in two men and one in three women will get cancer. Every year in NSW alone more than 39,000 new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed – that is more than 100 every day.

Lifehouse represents a unique model of care and funding in Australia, as a not-for-profit hospital charity treating public and private patients. We have no shareholders and income is reinvested for the benefit of our patients.

At Lifehouse, the patient is at the centre of everything we do. We want to make things easier for people with cancer through integrated treatment, research, education, complementary therapies and support. Everything a patient needs is in one place, including allied health, complementary therapies and psychosocial support.

We also have a strong focus on educating the next generation of cancer clinicians and on medical research, including trials of new drugs, both by conducting our own research and by partnering with other institutions.

About Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2018

The 2018 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 16, 2018 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 2018.

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