Bayswater’s Kim Watts’ memories of friend and dad her reasons to run


Kim Watts, whose father and friend have died of cancer, in training for HBF’s Run for a Reason.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d454112
Kim Watts, whose father and friend have died of cancer, in training for HBF’s Run for a Reason. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d454112

BAYSWATER resident Kim Watts will be thinking of his father when he straps on runners and braves a 12km run on Sunday.

Mr Watts, a truck driver in Bibra Lake, has raised nearly $400 for the Cancer Council in the lead-up to the Run for a Reason.

In 1999, he lost his father Alf, a Brookton shearer only in his early 50s, to cancer.

“He was out working on the farm hay-carting and fell off the back of the truck and cracked all his ribs,” he said.

“He was a smoker and it all sort of stemmed from there.

“I actually lost him on Father’s Day.”

Mr Watts said when his good mate died of bowel cancer recently, he thought it was time to “bite the bullet” and enter the Run for a Reason.

He joined a gym for the first time, Plus Fitness 24/7 in Bayswater, and has been training for the run.

Mr Watts said he urged people with “lumps and bumps” to be checked out in case it was cancer.

“My dad was a shearer and basically kept it to himself, but we could see him losing weight,” he said.

“That was the type of bloke he was.”