Having promised herself that she would never compete in another run, Clare Kuzimski found herself drawn to this year’s Run for a Reason in Western Australia for a completely different reason.
One worthy of dusting off the running shoes.
On December 19th 2018 Clare’s beloved father lost his battle with oesophageal cancer. “He fought so hard and remained so positive throughout his gruelling treatment. He was the strongest and proudest man I know,” said Clare.
Clare goes on to explain that she is competing in this year’s Run for a Reason in support of the GI Cancer Institute because of the research they conduct into gastro-intestinal cancers. Gastro-intestinal cancers are cancers of the oesophagus, gallbladder & biliary tract, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, bowel (the large intestine or colon and rectum), and anus as well as gastro-intestinal stromal tumours (GIST) and neuroendocrine tumours (NETs).
These cancers are the most common form of cancer and approximately 28,900 Australians are diagnosed each year. That means 38 Australians are dying from GI cancer each day. To help improve treatment options and outcomes for these patients and their families we must know more about these cancers.
The funds that Clare raises will support the annual Innovation Fund grant. This grant provides researchers with the opportunity to conduct ground breaking research in areas that have not been studied before, allowing the researchers to accumulate data and evidence to then approach funding bodies to progress to larger clinical trials.
As Clare says: “The more people that know about the GI Cancer Institute, the greater the impact”.
Having already beaten her first two fundraising targets, she now has her sights set on a new target of $1,000.
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