Lisa Dawson - Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

Lisa Dawson SOS

When Lisa Dawson’s Dad was diagnosed with stage four melanoma he was given three to six months to live. Then he was put on a clinical trial here at Lifehouse, and as Lisa says: “It’s now three years on, and we are so glad to have our much loved Dad still with us fighting this terrible disease.”

Lisa was so inspired by her Dad’s treatment that she decided to run the SMH Half Marathon in May to help raise money for Lifehouse.  

“When this event came along I wanted to raise money for Lifehouse because Dad was lucky enough to be put on this trial drug. I've only completed the City-to-Surf before and that was more of a walk than a run. I'm slightly nervous about the 21km but I figure this is nothing compared to what cancer patients have to deal with every day. I have a lot of support which will keep me going.”

And a large chunk of that support comes from Lisa’s ‘Cambodia ladies’, a group of six friends who went to Cambodia to teach English together a few years ago. Lisa said: “When we were in Cambodia we pooled our own funds and did some fundraising, and returned with some money. We have been looking for a good cause to donate to since then. Not only is Dad being treated for cancer, but a number of the ladies have had family members with some form of cancer too, so we thought this was the perfect cause to donate the money to.

“It's scary how many people are affected directly or indirectly by cancer. Which is why it's not hard to encourage people to either join or donate to this amazing cause. 

“I think that anyone who is thinking of doing an active event to raise money for Lifehouse has had their lives impacted by cancer and are driven to do anything they can to help make their fight a little easier. “

To support Lisa’s run, check out her fundraising page, or sign up now to one of our active events.

To find out more about Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, click here.

Jason Grant - The Shepherd Centre

‘We first went to The Shepherd Centre in 2007 when our daughter Madison was 4 years of age. We had been living overseas in Thailand and took the decision to return to Australia as the treatment for Madison there wasn't helping at all. Since joining The Shepherd Centre things have come along in leaps and bounds and our daughter has now hit high school this year.

Jason Grant SOS

‘I first decided to run the half marathon was because I was getting FAT... plus I found it a lot easier to just start running without joining gyms or signing up for classes etc and things like this are a lot easier when you have a goal like a half marathon attached to it. 

‘The best thing about running is you can go whenever you want - I prefer to go first thing in the morning before everyone else in my family wakes up. That way my exercise is all done and I don't miss out on time with my family.

‘I suppose you could call me a runner - I've been going at it fairly regularly for a couple of years now. I just break out the Spotify and Runkeeper app and go. I wouldn't call the distance difficult anymore but if you asked me a couple of years ago I would have thought it near impossible.  Now I can do a run like this on a weekend and not think about it much.

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‘I ran the SMH half marathon last year and really enjoyed the experience. It's great fun with heaps of support on the day.  I’d recommend for everyone to try if they can.

‘The hardest part is the last 3kms of the race.  At the 18km mark you will run past the where the finish line is, down the hill at the Botanical Gardens and then right back up again to the finish line (it feels like it takes a lot longer than you would imagine!).

‘Training has been going well until lately - I think I've gotten a bit of runners knee, so back to the physio and hopefully back into training in no time.

‘I am keen to raise money for The Shepherd Centre because we are always happy and appreciative of the work done by The Shepherd Centre so any little opportunity I can do to help give back is really a no-brainer from our family’s end.’

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