This One’s For Tom

Susan Lohan is not one to shy away from a physical challenge, especially when it’s to raise money for an important cause.

On Sunday 3rd July, Susan took on the 42km Gold Coast Marathon to raise funds for bowel cancer research.

In 2016 Susan sadly lost her brother Tom to bowel cancer. He passed just before his 50th birthday. As Susan is turning 50 this year, she decided to honour Tom’s memory by taking on a final marathon for research.

“Although Tom was good at every sport he tried, long distance running wasn’t his favourite.”

“I am fundraising for the GI Cancer Institute and raising funds to support GI cancer research.”

After an incredible 5-hour 7-minute run, Susan crossed through that finish line for Tom! She summarises her marathon experience below:

“Starting in the dark and watching the sun come up in the Gold Coast was spectacular and an inspirational way to start the race. It was overcast but the rain had cleared.  I felt good most of the way until about 30kms when my legs started to complain loudly. The crowd were amazing and as I ran past many called out the GI Cancer slogan on my shirt ‘No Gutsy No Glory’ and the name on my race bib ‘One for Tom’ and it really gave me the boost I needed.”

“I really don’t know how I got through the last 5km but somehow I did and came home just over my goal of 5 hours.”

We are so grateful to Susan for her support. She has raised over $4,000 to provide better treatment options for bowel cancer patients. Thank you Susan!