Just over two years ago, on November 11, Ms More’s cousin Abbey took her own life after struggling with a difficult childhood because of an alleged history of sexual abuse.
This year, alongside Abbey’s mother and close friends, Ms More is challenging her body’s limits to help others avoid the same fate. The 19-year-old Crawley resident will run seven marathons in seven states, over seven days for Bravehearts 777 from June 27 to July 3.
The organisation advocates for victims of sexual assault through support, education and research programs.
“Abbey loved running; we used to run together around our farm, collect eggs and ride horses,” Ms More said.
“That’s why I am doing this because I can still do something she loved to.
“So I’m running for Abbey.”
Ms More overcame an eating disorder at 17, which she said worsened with the loss of her cousin.
The four-strong group ‘Run for Abbey 2016’ are fundraising towards the $40,000 team target they need to participate in the marathon, which will involve thousands of people from across Australia.
Ms More said the Place of Reflection in Kings Park held a special meaning for her.
“It’s a place for people who’ve lost someone to come and find hope and peace,” she said.
“We’ve released balloons here on Abbey’s anniversary before; it’s really beautiful.”
Ms More and her teammates will set up exercise bikes across Perth and will rotate riding between team members all day to raise money for the cause.
“I would hate for anyone to go through what (Abbey) went through,” she said. To donate, visit www.facebook.com/ runforabbey/?fref=ts.