Breast cancer survivor and marathon runner Deborah De Williams has been running around Australia for four months but stopped off in Coolum this week to catch up with local breast cancer survivor Lorraine Cush.
Lorraine is the principal of Professionals Coolum Beach Real Estate, which is a corporate partner to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Deborah, who set out from Hobart on October 25, said her goal was to raise $300,000 for the cancer foundation.
So far, with a third of the journey completed, she has raised $70,000.
She plans to run an average of 55km a day – 10km more than an average marathon – continuously for the entire 12 months.
If she achieves this amazing feat of endurance she will break no less than three world records, but it’s the thought of helping those touched by breast cancer that motivates her.
“The biggest challenge I faced was beating breast cancer,” she said.
“When the running gets tough, I just think of my treatment and having to undergo chemotherapy, and the idea that my run will help others to avoid going through what I went through keeps me going.”
Lorraine Cush, who battled breast cancer in the late 1990s, said Deborah’s quest was “absolutely wonderful”.
“What a project she has taken on – girls can do anything,” she said.
One in nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, with more than 13,500 new cases expected in a single year.
The good news is that because of research made possible by people like Deborah, breast cancer is being detected earlier and advancements have been made in the way the disease is treated.
To view Deborah’s itinerary, or to donate to her campaign, visit www.runningpink.com.au.
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