HE beat leukaemia once and now he is battling it again, but Safety Bay man Wayne Mailer will not let his recent diagnosis stop him from tackling the 21km HBF Run for a Reason on Sunday.
The 65-year-old will pound the pavement with thousands of other West Australians hoping to make a difference.
Mr Mailer will use the event to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Since being first diagnosed with the potentially deadly blood cancer, nine years have passed and Mr Mailer still remembers his first bout of chemotherapy.
“I remember the first time I was having chemo down at the Peel Health Campus; there was a little guy in there every week, he would have been seven or eight years old, having the same treatment, he was bald and it was a shocking thing,” he said.
“But he just kept smiling and I thought it’s for people like him (that I’m running for).”
Mr Mailer also lost a friend to leukaemia, another motivator in his quest to raise money for the foundation which he says is valuable to so many people.
“I had a very good mate who died of leukaemia, it was terrible,” he said.
“One week he was down having a jam on our guitars and a beer, and two weeks later he was dead.
“The Leukaemia Foundation is really supportive; they offer you all sorts of support and back-up and a lot of people out there really appreciate it.”
He said the run was going to be a challenge but one he wanted to conquer before undergoing treatment for the second time in a decade.
“I’ve only recently been diagnosed with leukaemia for the second time, so at some stage in the not-so-distant future I’ll be looking at chemotherapy again,” Mr Mailer said.
“I am daunted; I haven’t run 21km for 44 years.
“I imagine I’ll be able to do it as long as I don’t put any time constraints on it.”
Mr Mailer is hoping to raise $1000 for the Leukaemia Foundation but is currently just over halfway there.
If you would like to donate to Mr Mailer’s cause, visit https://hbfrun2016.|everydayhero.com/|au/wayne-1.