Sarah Masonwells is lacing up her runners to take part in the New York Marathon next month, raising money for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in Sydney.
On November 4, Ms Masonwells will run from Staten Island to Manhattan, crossing the Queensboro bridge and push herself to reach the finish line in Central Park, to raise money for the not-for-profit cancer wellness centre.
Initially setting a goal of $10,000 Mrs Masonwells has already reached over $6500 with only three weeks to go, and said the funds raised will go toward the centre and cancer research.
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“This is the second time I’ve raised money for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in the past few years, I just think the work they do is amazing,” Ms Masonwells said.
“Not only can you go there to be treated, and there are a lot of people from this area that have been hospitalised at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, they also do a lot of research there as well, which I think is so important in trying to fight that horrible ‘C’ word,” she said.
The centre was opened in 2013 to mirror Dr Chris O’Brien’s vision to provide uncompromising care for patients, families and carers affected by cancer. Unfortunately, Dr O’Brien passed away in 2009 after a three-year battle with a brain tumour.
They also do a lot of research there as well, which I think is so important in trying to fight that horrible ‘C’ word.Sarah Masonwells
As one of 50,000 people, Ms Masonwells is now in training for the 42 kilometre run, and said she is excited for the journey.
“It’s a bucket list item for sure."
“I know I can do it, I’m a determined person so I will do it, and I’m just looking forward to the experience, I’ve never been to NY before, so it will be fun,” she said.
It has been the generosity of the Narromine shire which has touched Ms Masonwells, who will continue to fundraise when she returns. “When I agreed to do it I didn’t realise we were going to be in the worst drought we have ever had, but I’m very lucky where I live and people have been very generous,” she said.
To donate to Sarah’s run visit: lifehouse-ny-marathon.everydayhero.com/au/sarah-1 .