Cancer cause takes on new significance
WHEN Wendy Bonds decided to raise money for the Cancer Council in the lead-up to a fun run, she didn't know just how personal the cause would be.
Within two weeks of signing up to fundraise for the 10km Bridge to Brisbane run, Miss Bonds' mother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
She said the run would now take on even more significance and she has recruited a number of friends and family to participate as well.
"I ran it last year for the Little Miracles Foundation because my son was in the critical care unit when he was born," Miss Bonds said.
"This year, I was doing it for the Cancer Council because one of my parent's friends has cancer…and a friend's husband has cancer as well.
"Then I found out that my mum has cancer and it's aggressive. So it's about raising money and awareness I hope."
Miss Bonds said her mother, who underwent a major operation in Brisbane this week, had encouraged her to do the run, which weaves through Brisbane's inner-city on September 7.
"She's excited," she said.
"It's given me more motivation to do it, although I do have my down days.
"It is a bit of a hectic time but I've still been running, doing the track around Glenvale.
"(The race day itself) is going to be hard but after I put it on my Facebook I've had quite a few family members contacting me saying they'll do it.
"My daughter and her partner will be doing it as well."
- To donate money towards the Cancer Council for Miss Bonds, visit b2b2014.everydayhero.com/au/wendy- bonds
- She has a fundraising goal of $2000.