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Last year I was inspired by a dear friend to enter the Blackmore's 4km Fun Run. She had competed in the 4km run in 2009 completing it in just over 30mins and I thought, 'if Debbie can do it then maybe I can do it too!'
We talked about entering together in 2010 only she wanted to do the 9km Bridge Run which intimidated the hell out of me being a complete novice to running events so I would stick to the 4km run.
Sadly by the time of the 2010 event Debbie had been diagnosed with cancer and I competed on my own.
While she was in hospital dealing with the after effects of major cranial surgery and radiation therapy we talked about still competing the following year when she was "better". Unrealistic perhaps but people beat cancer all the time so why wouldn't she?
Tragically the cancer (or cancers by this stage) beat her instead and she passed away in April this year.
So I decided that I would enter the 9km run this year in honour of Debbie.
It still intimidates me but doing it for Debbie is a hell of an incentive and has kept me going with my training even during the cold winter months when I would have much rather stayed in bed then dragged myself off to the gym.
Cancer treatment has come a long way but there is still a long way to go. So many lives are affected by cancer, whether directly or indirectly. That's why research into finding a cure (or cures) is so important. Cure Cancer Australia Foundation funds young and innovative Australian researchers seeking a cure for cancer.
So for Debbie and for anyone you know who has had cancer (whether they have beaten it or it too has beaten them) or been affected by the loss of a loved one, please consider giving to this worthy cause.
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[b]CURE CANCER AUSTRALIA'S focus is to find a cure for cancer. [/b] Cure Cancer Australia invests exclusively in Australia’s brightest emerging researchers to combat all types of cancer. Our funds have greatest impact in early career research, when different ideas and challenging perspectives burn brightest. More Australians than ever before are being diagnosed with cancer. Finding ways to treat it is increasingly critical and research is the best weapon we have in the fight. But no-one can cure cancer by themselves. We need to work as a team. It’s a huge task to raise the money we need for vital research and we can only do it with your help. You may choose to donate, fundraise via an existing event, join a Can Too Program, or create your own fundraising challenge or event. Whatever you choose, we’re here to support you every step of the way. We cannot [b]CURE CANCER[/b] without you. Let’s [b]CURE CANCER[/b] Together. To join our collective team, visit [url=http://www.curecancer.org.au]curecancer.com.au[/url] [b]Thank you for your support![/b]read more
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