Local MP Leslie Williams is dusting off her runners to help fund cancer research by training with the Can Too Foundation for the SMH Half Marathon.
Mrs Williams MP is spearheading the initiative and is excited for the opportunity to join a professionally coached training program that will transform the lives of Port Macquarie locals – and is challenging friends and neighbours to join her.
“As a former nurse, I’ve seen firsthand how important new and innovative cancer treatments are to patient outcomes – especially in regional areas.
“Not a week goes by that we hear of someone we know or a family member being touched by cancer which is why I’m putting on my running shoes for cancer research, Mrs Williams said.
“I have no doubt that running 21.1km is going to be tough – but it’s nothing compared to the struggle that people in regional Australia have to endure when faced with a cancer diagnosis.
“Now Port Macquarie have an opportunity to give back. It doesn’t matter if you’re 24 or 54, the Can Too Foundation has trained beginners and experienced runners alike for the past 12 years to complete endurance events.
“I’m excited to start the professionally coached training program in February and want anyone who has dreamt of running a half marathon to join me”, said Mrs Williams
Annie Crawford AM, Founder and Chair of Can Too Foundation said she is excited that by expanding into regional areas – like Port Macquarie – more Australians are able to get fit, reduce their own risk of cancer, and give back to their community.
“I’m excited that we’re taking Port Macquarie locals outside their comfort zone to help people get physically and mentally fit, fund Aussie cancer research and to open their eyes to possibility of achieving goals they never thought possible.
“Currently only 12% of research grants are successful and through the amazing work of our Port Macquarie participants and the Can Too Foundation community, we’ve made 156 one-year investments into cancer research projects and are on the road to raising $20 million for the research, prevention, care and control of cancer”, said Ms Crawford.
Can Too Foundation has trained over 14,000 participants, and are looking for locals in Port Macquarie to start 2018 off on the right foot by joining a community of dedicated fundraisers.
A free local info night is being held at the Westport Club, Port Macquarie on Tuesday 30 January. Locals are encouraged to RSVP via Facebook.
For more information on Can Too Foundation visit: http://www.cantoo.org.au/smh
Posted on 1 Thu, February, 2018
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