Bridge to Brisbane for a Best Friend
When Kym’s close friend Lisa was diagnosed with breast cancer, she witnessed first hand the emotions that Lisa and her family had to endure.
“All we could do was be there for her and let her know that we were thinking of her always,” said Kym.
Lisa had to have a double mastectomy. Her diagnosis was a huge shock as she had only had a mammogram five months prior.
“Up until Lisa’s diagnosis I had never had a mammogram, but I soon changed that! Thankfully I got the all clear,” said Kym.
Honouring a friend
Kym, who has run in the Bridge to Brisbane three times, knew that when the time came to register for the 2014 run she would be running for Lisa.
“This was my small way of letting her know what an inspiration she has been in the way she has handled everything and that I will always be there for her.”
Kym’s workplace, MGI South Qld, generously paid her registration fee, along with anyone who wanted to join her on the run.
“They do this for staff each year for the Bridge to Brisbane and are very supportive with any fundraising within the office.”
“It was only natural that I would be running to raise funds for ABCR as I know that this is one way of helping to find a cure. Cancer is one of those diseases that does not discriminate.”
Even more personal
Kym herself has had early stage cervical cancer and has endured over ten different surgeries for skin cancer.
“This only strengthens my resolve to do everything I can to help my friends while I have the ability to do so.”
Thankfully Lisa is now doing well and on the way to full health once again.
“She is still as beautiful as ever. We are so proud of her bravery and look forward to many special times ahead.”
“Life is what you make it and our friends and family are what keep us going. I will be running again next year and hope to continue to do so for a while yet.”
We would like to thank Kym for her amazing efforts. She has raised over $1,000 for vital breast cancer research via her Everyday Hero fundraising page.