Friendlies Private Hospital, Run For A Cure participants are Kathryn O’Neall, Nicole Currie, Ann Hansen, Donna Habermann and Peyton Eickert.
Friendlies Private Hospital, Run For A Cure participants are Kathryn O’Neall, Nicole Currie, Ann Hansen, Donna Habermann and Peyton Eickert. Mike Knott

Get running to help worthy cause

DONNA Habermann has more reason than most to lace up her running shoes for the upcoming Run For A Cure.

The event’s co-organiser has seen the devastation of the disease first-hand after her husband was struck down in his prime by leukaemia.

“When you see what it does to people, what they go through – it’s a pretty big motivator to do what you can do to help,” she said.

Her first husband Andrew was diagnosed with the illness in February of 2004 and died eight short months later.

The combined strain of chemotherapy and the effects of the illness reduced Andrew to a shell of his former self.

It meant he lived out the last of his days in the bedroom of his Bundaberg home.

“It all happened so quickly, which was the hardest for us to deal with,” Habermann said.

“It was especially hard on his parents.

“You don’t expect to see your child die before you.”

Habermann helped organise the inaugural event last year and hopes Bundaberg runners, walkers and strollers will again pledge their support for the event to help raise money for Cancer Council Queensland.

Last year’s event attracted 300 entrants and raised more than $5000, a figure Habermann hopes to beat this year.

“The more people that get involved means the more money we can raise and the bigger difference we can make,” she said.

The event’s Botanic Gardens location proved to be a hit last year with 300 runners participating in 8km, 4km and 2km runs and a 2km walk.

“Every dollar raised will go towards helping make the lives of cancer patients easier and valuable research into the disease,” she said.

“People can help support a worthy cause by getting out there and getting some exercise in pretty special surroundings.”

The event will feature opens, veterans and junior categories.

Entrants can pick up registration forms for the August 22 event from Jack Dempsey’s office.



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