Neuroblastoma is a rare form of childhood cancer. According to the QLD Cancer Council, 46 Australian children a year are affected by neuroblastoma. The average age of diagnosis is just 2 years old, and it is the leading cause of death of children aged 5 and under from cancer.
Research into children’s cancer lags behind research compared to other adult cancers. Childhood cancer drugs are very much based on adult cancer drugs, which means they are often toxic for children.
Lucy Jones, Co-founder and Chief Executive of Neuroblastoma Australia, is exceptionally passionate about raising more awareness about neuroblastoma and funds to help support research into the harrowing disease that took the life of her beautiful daughter, Sienna at only two and a half years of age. “It was excruciatingly heartbreaking looking at our beautiful girl who seemed so healthy and lively, to know that as a mum I was unlikely to be able to save her,” she says.
But there is hope, if we can raise more funding and awareness for the disease.
Neuroblastoma Australia’s 5th Annual Run2Cure Neuroblastoma will be taking place on Sunday, 4 June 2017 in the picturesque surrounds of the Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney (from 7am – 1pm) with the aim of raising $150,000 for vital research at the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia and Cancer Council NSW.
A unique fun run for all ages and abilities, Run2Cure consists of a 1km Little Heroes walk for children 5 and under (where kids big and small are encouraged to come as their favourite super hero!), a timed 3km, a timed 5km and a timed 10km run. Participants are encouraged to register for the event as individuals, families or groups and help fundraise for the event – with 80 per cent of proceeds going to support much needed research in this greatly underfunded cancer area.
Jones says, “We don’t need a miracle to find a cure for neuroblastoma, we just need the help of the community. Via events such as Run2Cure, we can help raise critical funds that will help us move closer to finding a cure and give children with neuroblastoma the chance to live long and healthy lives that they deserve”.
To find out more about how you can be involved, head to www.run2cure.org.au