After being diagnosed and treated for bowel cancer, Kate Hoseason and her family are taking on the Run Melbourne challenge, hoping to raise money for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre (ONJ Centre) to show their gratitude for the care they received.
“Halfway through my own treatment, my mum was also diagnosed with cancer,” says Kate. “She started her treatment immediately at the ONJ Centre which involved chemotherapy and immunotherapy. This was a terribly tough time for our family.”
Kate and her family were amazed at the support that was made available to them.
“Support included information packs, wellness workshops, support groups, oncology massage, counselling sessions and the Look Good Feel Better workshop. This gave us something to look forward to and it was a positive reason to be visiting the hospital in between all our other appointments.”
“My experience has motivated me to fundraise for the ONJ Centre so they can continue to provide this support to others who are dealing with cancer. It is also a way we can thank the staff for their ongoing work in cancer treatment, support and research. This is why we have named our team ‘Thank You ONJ’”.
Kate and her two young daughters will be walking 5km on Sunday July 29 and her husband will be running 10km.
“We are so grateful for the fundraising support we have received from our family and friends and we hope the money we raise makes a difference to others who find themselves battling cancer,” says Kate.
Kate’s seven year-old daughter Evie sums it up (as only a seven year-old can):
“I want to help the people who helped my Mum and my Grandma when they weren’t feeling well. The hospital needs money to help other people who are sick. It makes me feel really happy to know I’m making a difference.”
“I hope that no one gets cancer in the future and that everyone feels alright.” – Evie (7)
You can help Kate and her family reach their fundraising goal of $3,000 by making a donation here
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