Baldivis woman’s battle with brain cancer her reason to run in May


Sally Lennon training for the Run for a Reason.
Sally Lennon training for the Run for a Reason.

BALDIVIS resident Sally Lennon will run the HBF half marathon in May, despite battling brain cancer, in an effort to raise $10,000 for the Brain Cancer Foundation.

The 34-year-old was diagnosed with the disease two years ago.

After having a regular check up for a condition she had dealt with since childhood called hydrocephalus, which is fluid on the brain, her doctor discovered a much more sinister situation.

Ms Lennon said the scan displayed a malignant tumour in the centre of her brain, most of which was removed during major surgery in July 2016.

Sally Lennon the day after a life-changing operation in July 2016, with her best friend’s baby, Ruben.

“I was lucky mine was caught when it was,” she said.

Since the surgery she has lost part of her vision but is incredibly grateful to have been able to lead a full life after the operation.

Ms Lennon has gone from limited running activity to running over 15km.

“I want people to please get checkups by your GP and if they see anything that needs to be checked out do it,” she said.

“I’m trying to stay fit and healthy to stay happy and positive.

“I want to take this once in a lifetime opportunity to do this whilst I am well and able, and raise money for such a great cause and for the people that have this terrible disease like myself, and for the people who have passed away from it.”The half marathon will be a stepping stone to Mrs Lennon’s ambition to complete the New York Marathon this November.

The HBF half Marathon will take place on May 27.

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