Juliet has always loved sports but when she
runs the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon on Sunday 21 May, there will be a special
significance. Juliet’s sister Sarah was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in
2009, when Sarah was just 28 years old.
Like many diagnoses, the news was a
complete shock and treatment started straight away. Thankfully, Sarah is now in
remission and feeling much better, so Juliet wanted to do something to give back.
“My sister has gone through something so incredibly physically hard;
I wanted to do something physically hard for myself. I know this is nothing
like what she’s gone through but it will definitely challenge me… and I wanted
to go through that,” explains Juliet.
Juliet has been training hard for months as
she knows the 21.1km half-marathon is going to be an enormous challenge for her
physically, mentally and emotionally. To also give back, Juliet is fundraising
for the Leukaemia Foundation as part of “Get Your Blood Pumping for Blood
Cancer” campaign and is currently the Foundation’s top individual fundraiser!
Juliet chose to fundraise for the Leukaemia
Foundation as her family used the Foundation’s services which helped when
things were turned upside down.
“The whole cancer situation was so stressful for everyone
in the family and particularly for Sarah. The Leukaemia Foundation’s support
was so important, they just took all that stress away. We used the transport
service that would pick Sarah up from home and drop her to her appointments and
treatment, it was fantastic! It meant that the rest of us could continue to work
and earn a living.” Juliet recalls.
“We also used the practical services and emotional support which was
incredibly helpful. Mum regularly went to the Leukaemia Foundation’s support
groups and felt great comfort talking to them about how she was feeling. I
suppose everyone in the group has gone through something similar and it was a
safe space to talk and learn from each other.” Juliet explains.
The Leukaemia Foundation is very
appreciative of Juliet’s incredible fundraising efforts and we wish her all the
best for her challenge. For further information about the Sydney Morning Herald
Half-Marathon or if you too would like to support Juliet or any of our supporters you can click here.
For further information about the Leukaemia
Foundation’s services, please visit our website or contact us
on 1800 620 420.
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