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Last call for New York City runners to help children like Emma beat blood cancer

Publish Date: 9/2/2017

Like it was just yesterday Simon Corry can recall the visit to the doctor in 2014 to find out why his five year old daughter Emma couldn’t get over her cold.

The results sent the family spiralling and turned their world upside down. Emma was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and, soon after, was whisked away to the Royal Children’s Hospital by ambulance for urgent treatment.

Overwhelmed and devastated, Simon and his wife Anne were bombarded by specialists, therapists and social workers all offering assistance and advice for their tumultuous journey ahead.

“The one that really stuck in my mind was the Leukaemia Foundation,” said Simon. “The essential services and accommodation the Foundation provides to families like us who are affected by this terrible disease are just incredible.”

Simon says the Foundation proved extremely knowledgeable about their situation, and while they generously offered accommodation to reduce his travel back and forth to Brisbane, he chose to make alternative arrangements to ensure other parents from across the state could keep their families together.

Moved by the incredible support the Leukaemia Foundation continued to provide his family throughout Emma’s treatment Simon has been inspired to sign up for his first-ever marathon run with the Leukaemia Foundation TCS New York City Marathon in November this year.

Joining the team running in the New York Marathon is the Leukaemia Foundation's Charity Ambassador Lindsay Teal who is going to support our runners every step of the way. 

‘I cannot wait to go to New York to support all of the amazing people like Simon who are taking on this amazing challenge and raising funds and awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation," said Lindsey.

Simon says “I will always be thankful for the much-needed support the Leukaemia Foundation gave to my family and now it’s my turn to return the favour and raise some much needed funds for an organisation that relies on the generosity of wonderful people like you (and me too!)” 

“If running 42km in a foreign country is going to help the Leukaemia Foundation continue with their wonderful work, then that’s what I’ll do,” said Simon. “I encourage anyone who is contemplating doing a marathon to register today and join me on this challenge – it will be tough but it won’t compare to what Emma has gone through. This one will be for you Emma!”

With only three places left, this really is your last chance to join a team of dedicated Leukaemia Foundation supporters who are all committed to beating blood cancer.

For more information or reserve your spot on the team today! 

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