During September's Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Natalie and Tracey ran their first ever marathon. They pushed themselves to the absolute limit whilst raising desperately needed funds for research into a cure for this aggressive disease.
The inspiration behind #44kmfor44kids is the courage of a little boy named Jai. He valiantly battled the children's cancer neuroblastoma from the tender age of four till he was nine years old.
I want to run each kilometre for a child whose life has been taken or impacted by neuroblastoma. I want their families to know their child will never be forgotten. Natalie Bunworth
Kilometre 44 was run for Jai as that is the number of his favourite AFL player and the reason for the 44km. The first was Sienna Hoffmann the daughter of Oliver Hoffmann and Lucy Jones, President of Neuroblastoma Australia.
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Inspired by Jai, who courageously battled neuroblastoma from the tender age of four till he was nine years old, Natalie and Tracey ran an epic 44 km marathon in honour of 44 children affected by neuroblastoma.
My motivation for running is for Jai Galliford. I was very fortunate to be one of Jai’s teachers and even through his diagnosis and treatment he battled hard, he remained positive, he encouraged and motivated not only his close friends but everyone who came into contact with him. He was an inspiration to us all (and still is).
Sienna Hoffman is the inspiration behind Neuroblastoma Australia who was tragically diagnosed with an aggressive form of neuroblastoma at just 7 months old and became a little angel on the 3rd February 2010. Sienna was just two and a half years old.
Belle, forever our little ray of sunshine and a twinkling star sparkling in our hearts.
A true hero, Ava has pushed through 18 months of treatment with strength beyond her years. She is now participating in a trial with the hope it will keep her cancer free.
Little Eli has been battling neuroblastoma since he was diagnosed at just five weeks of age.
Diagnosed with neuroblastoma at 16 months, Marko is the only known case worldwide where a low risk VIP neuroblastoma mutated into an aggressive tumour.
Six year old Evie lived and loved so fiercely. She will be forever missed.
In January 2018 after being dismissed many times from Emergency with what was thought to be a 'virus', 18 month old Eleanor was diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma and began the fight of her life.
Declan's battle with neuroblastoma began just before his fourth birthday and tragically ended just after his eighth. Loved and missed by his heartbroken family.
Little Sophie's family had never heard of neuroblastoma when she was diagnosed in 2019. This little hero is currently undergoing immunotherapy having already endured six rounds of chemo, surgery, stem cells transplants and radiotherapy.
Diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was only four days old, Mayli continues to achieve her milestone with happiness, strength and determination.
Adam, a little boy starting out in life who was diagnosed with a cruel and vicious disease, that no treatment could eradicate. We must do better for our children.