Monday Made – Fuck Cancer

 “Don’t count the days, make the days count”~Muhammad Ali

Well, I’ve been training two to three times a week for the last couple of months and on Sunday it paid off!
Back in 2010, 8 weeks after the birth of my second child, I entered the The Age Run Melbourne . I did a little bit of running, but mostly just walking. It seemed like a long way at the time and I really couldn’t imagine being able to run it.
This year I decided it was time to revisit Run Melbourne, and so on Sunday I entered into my first running event that I would actually be running!
It was exciting.
I ran almost all the way, I stopped in the last 750 m for about 40 sec to walk (why?!) But I certainly ran across the finish line.
I didn’t really push myself very hard during the race. At the finish line my friend told me I looked pretty fresh for someone who just ran 5km. Yeah.
But I am pleased with the run. And it was such a great vibe. I got so many hi-fives while I was running… was it to do with this tweet or just the awesome spirit shared by all out there giving it a go?
My time was respectable. I’m stoked that I am #15 on the Strava combined leaderboard for this particular 5km course. Go me!
I really like this event as a fundraiser as you get to choose which charity you would like to fundraise for. I went for Australia Cancer Research Institute.
I feel strongly about it. I lost a friend to cancer back in 2010. It was devastating. And then the more I learned about cancer and its high incidence, the more I wanted other people to know about it.

One in three people will suffer from a form of cancer. My little family has four people. Odds are that one of us will get it. But it isn’t instantly a death sentence.
A whopping 90% of cancers can be successfully treated if they are caught early enough.
And that’s the key, we might not see some kind of vaccine for cancer in our lifetime to see it eradicated, but we can research ways to detect it earlier.
The organisation Fuck Cancer is all about early detection. About getting youth informed so they can be aware and encourage their parents and friends to take symptoms seriously, remember important regular check-ups with doctors and take the simple steps to catch cancer in it’s early stages when it can be treated, and not when it’s too late.
I think about Dave a lot. I wonder that if his cancer had been detected earlier, and not when his tumour was already the size of a cantaloupe, he might still be alive.  I don’t know.
I just hope that the money I raised by doing the Run Melbourne go toward research that will help doctors recognise the symptoms of cancer more easily.
Fundraising pages for the Run Melbourne are still open for the next week, so please help me help you, your family and friends by donating to cancer research.

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