Bellingen local Robert Gale, who overcame myelofibrosis through a bone marrow transplant provided by his sister Marie in 2002, is about to compete in his fourteenth Sydney City2Surf run.
It’s his twelfth time doing it as a fundraiser for the Leukemia Foundation, and this year he’s being joined by his daughter Esme and son Henry.
When he was first diagnosed, Robert had to undergo treatment immediately which meant he couldn’t work.
During that difficult two years of treatment, the Leukaemia Foundation provided him and his family free accommodation near the hospital, transport, help with bills, and care for his wife and children when they visited.
Subsequently, Robert has repaid their kindness by raising over $27,000 during his 12 years as a City2Surf fundraiser.
This year the City2Surf is on August 12 and although the trio will be running as Team Gale, Esme and Henry say their ambition is “to beat Dad”.
Asked to comment on their form, Robert says Henry, 30, does the equivalent of a 10km run when he plays football with the Urunga Raiders, while Melbourne-based Esme runs, cycles and swims.
To sponsor Team Gale and support the Leukemia Foundation, go to https://city2surf2018.everydayhero.com/au/rob-2
Gifts $2 and over are tax deductible.