I’d always thought my gene pool happened to be one of those ‘lucky ones’ that seemed to avoid cancer. Not anymore – aggressive brain cancer crept up on my Dad out of nowhere, and the family have racked their brains on what caused the tumour but the truth is we will never truly know. These days, cancer makes me sad, it makes me angry, and it makes me really scared.
Approximately 46, 880 people died from cancer in Australia in 2016, so chances are everyone who reads this blog post has been affected by cancer in some way.
With a recent birthday that has brought me one step closer to my 40’s and a young family to raise, ensuring I live a healthy long life is at the front of my mind more than ever. Improving my exercise habits is also something I’m focusing on for 2017, as I know how much better it makes me feel – I really am a better person (and mother) after breaking a bit of a sweat at the gym.
I’m taking it one step further and trying to do my bit for charity at the same time – I’ve decided to sign up to ‘The March Charge’, which is a fun personal fitness challenge that raises money for the Cancer Council. I figure every little dollar helps, and the initiative is a really nice idea. Just by walking or running for Cancer Council this March, counting every kilometer as you go and by raising funds – you can help with cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support services.
If you’re keen to take on the challenge, simply follow the easy prompts and register here, where you can set your goal, then promote and get those donations from your nearest and dearest online.
Alternatively, if you are feeling more inclined to donate a tax deductible contribution, here is the link to my personal fundraising page:
Remember, any funds raised are going to make a powerful difference.
- $53 can help fund a call to a cancer nurse on our free, confidential telephone service
(13 11 20) to offer support on all aspects of cancer.
- $106 allows us to support childcare centres and primary schools taking part in the National SunSmart Schools Program.
- $512 helps fund telephone and web-based support groups facilitated by trained peer volunteers and health professionals.
Please join me in either walking/running/donating and let’s show cancer who’s the boss!