CLOVERDALE resident Jess Dunbar will put her fitness to the ultimate test next month as she takes on the 21km half marathon in HBF’s Run for a Reason to raise money for Cancer Council WA.
After losing her mother to ovarian cancer when she was young, the now 24-year-old knows all too well the importance of raising funds and awareness in support of people affected by the disease.
“Mum’s my inspiration for many things in life including my decision to take on the run and raise as much money I can for Cancer Council WA,” she said.
“Most people know someone who has or has had cancer and others have even lost someone close to them – like me.
“That’s why every cent that goes towards cancer research and supporting those affected is a step in the right direction.”
In 2017, Ms Dunbar participated in the 12km version of the run alongside a record-breaking 35,000 other West Australians.
“Running alongside everyone else made it fun, and knowing that they had come together to run for their own cause or reason was a really good feeling,” Ms Dunbar said.
“I’ve never run even close to this distance before so it’s given me the motivation to train harder and challenge myself.”
Ms Dunbar said the support received from family and friends had been overwhelming and she had nearly achieved her fundraising goal.
“So many people have donated, continue to donate and send me messages of motivation along the way,” she said.
“The generosity and the support shown by my friends and family has been amazing.
“They all know that the funds raised will go to an important cause.”
To donate to her cause, head to hbfrun2018.everydayhero.com/au/jess-s-run-for-a-reason-cancer-council.