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Trish claims victory in the Big Apple to help beat blood cancer

Publish Date: 17/11/2016

With the Central Park finishing line in sight after running more than 42kms through New York City, an “elated” Trish Davidson reflected: “I have done it; the journey is over”.

Trish’s words related to both the TCS New York Marathon – and her youngest daughter’s 24 months of treatment for acute lymphatic leukaemia (ALL).

Trish was a member of Team Leukaemia Foundation in this year’s marathon, which is just one of the physical challenges offered under our Get Your Blood Pumping for Blood Cancer program.

Inspired by her daughter Rosalie’s courage during her marathon with blood cancer, Trish raised an extraordinary $70,000 for the Foundation’s National Research Program to help improve quality of life and survival for Australians with blood cancer in the future.

Trish finished the New York event in an incredible four hours, 27 minutes and 31 seconds. Not bad for her first ever marathon!

“I was aiming for four hours and 30 minutes, so I'm really happy!” said Trish. ”I'm very proud to have raised awareness and a great total for the Leukaemia Foundation, as well as nailing a huge physical achievement.”  

On September 10, 2014, Trish’s life was turned upside down when Rosalie was diagnosed with ALL at just two years of age.

After two years of harrowing treatment, doctors said Rosalie was leukaemia free and gave her a great prognosis for a long and healthy life.

Trish says her family consider themselves “extremely lucky”, so she wanted to do something meaningful that would help other families facing a similarly frightening situation.

“I decided to run the New York City Marathon and fundraise to help support the Foundation’s research program so we can hopefully eradicate blood cancers from our future generations,” she said.

Trish credits her strong team of supporters who have been behind her with her fundraising, and alongside her on the streets of New York.

“Running the Marathon with Team Leukaemia Foundation was a huge personal achievement with a team feel,” she said. “I had so many people get behind me and support me and they really helped me across the line.

“At times I was struggling and my legs were hurting but I would take 70 steps and each one represented $1000 I had raised toward new treatment for other kids like Rosalie.”

Test your physical limits to help the Leukaemia Foundation provide a smoother journey for families facing blood cancer. Find out more today or sign up for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon now.

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