Bellingen local Robert Gale is taking on The Sun-Herald City2Surf on Sunday August 13 to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.
This 14 km run is an incredible feat considering he was diagnosed with myelofibrosis and had a bone marrow transplant in 2002.
Thankfully, Robert is now in the clear and wants to help the Leukaemia Foundation because he and his family received support services – including free accommodation and hospital visits.
Robert is working towards a fundraising target of $1000.
He runs all year and this is his thirteenth time in the City2Surf but he says ‘it doesn’t get any easier’.
“Heartbreak Hill is hard,” Robert said, “but I think the little hills after Heartbreak Hill are harder. You’ve used a fair bit of energy already then you’ve got to push up them too. It’s a pretty challenging race.”
Nonetheless, he thoroughly enjoys the whole experience.
“It’s a great event. It’s really well organised, the crowds are fantastic and there’s bands playing and people cheering you on.”
Today 35 people will be diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders and they’ll turn to the Leukaemia Foundation for help. The Foundation provides personalised care and support to patients and families living with a blood cancer diagnosis. The Foundation’s support services includes information, resources, education and support programs, transportation to and from hospital, a ‘home-away-from-home’ in the Foundation’s fully furnished accommodation close to major hospitals, practical assistance and emotional support. All services are provided at no cost to patients or their family. We also have an ongoing commitment to funding cutting edge Australian research to improve treatments and find cures.
The Leukaemia Foundation receives no ongoing government funding and is incredibly grateful for the community’s generous support. The efforts of people like Robert Gale allow the Foundation to continue its important work.
Join people like Robert Gale and get your blood pumping for blood cancer atgetyourbloodpumping.com/upcoming-events.
You can show your support to Robert Gale by donating to his run