Rick Zimmerlie and Jude Edwards at Bargara Beach where Cane2Croal finishes Photo Contributed
Rick Zimmerlie and Jude Edwards at Bargara Beach where Cane2Croal finishes Photo Contributed Contributed

Running to give hope

AFTER 20 years of marriage Jude Edwards lost her husband to a brain tumour giving her the will to live life and take on new challenges and by running in Cane 2 Coral one of her challenges will be conquered.

Mrs Edwards said her husband Peter Edwards was diagnosed in July 2013 after he had been out hiking only to return feeling unwell.

"Peter was always the adventurous one - not me," she said.

"He returned from hiking with headaches and so we went to see a doctor.

"They did scans and told us straight away that he had a tumour and it was terminal."

The Bundaberg father lived for 14 months after diagnosis and his wife said he never gave up.

Mrs Edwards said her husband was a teacher at Bundaberg High School and was loved by many of his students.

"He couldn't work any more but spent his days volunteering at the school instead," Mrs Edwards said.

"We are called Team Eddie because all the kids knew him as Eddie," she said.

She said she felt even though she had never been a runner in the past and doing this was a way of paying it forward as she would be raising money for the Cure for Brain Cancer Foundation.

"People who run Cane to Coral have their own challenges," Mrs Edwards said.

"I'm a sewer not a runner but after a lady in South Australia went in a fun run and raised money for us we realised how important it is to help.

"So I am putting it out there for the community to a find a challenge and give it a go.

"When you get put in certain situations you work out pretty quickly which things are important.

"It's about doing things that make you happy and these events made Peter happy so I'm doing it for him."

Team Eddie has a theme of 'challenge accepted' as Mrs Edwards said they were always hoping for a break through in the research.

"Even though we knew he was terminal we had hope," she said.

"We are raising money all for the research as it's something to hope for now for future patients.

"My friends said I could just walk the race but I want to run even though I haven't in the past.

"He was my rock and now I won't give up."

To join the Team Eddie Cane 2 Coral team or to donate to the Brian Cancer Foundation go to http://www.teameddie.deco-apparel.com or visit the Facebook and search Team Eddie.



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