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On Thursday (23 November), more than 200 people will sweat it out at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) as part of the annual Smiddy Fun Run for skin cancer research.
For the past 11 years, the PA Research Foundation charity event was held in memory of PAH physiotherapist Adam Smiddy whose life was cut short by an aggressive melanoma in 2006.
Queensland Cancer Control Analysis Team (QCCAT) Project Officer Donna Davis has participated in multiple Smiddy Fun Runs during her 10 years at PAH.
“Working with cancer statistics and analysis gives our team an insight into the enormous impact of cancer in the Queensland Health service and in the community,” she said.
“Cancer doesn’t discriminate, and doesn’t care how young, fit, happy or kind-hearted you are. Most of us have had someone we care about affected by cancer, and we have no power or control over this.”
Ms Davis said her relay team of seven were passionate about raising awareness and funds for skin cancer research.
“The Smiddy Fun Run gives us all a way we can contribute—by pestering our friends, colleagues and family members to sponsor and motivate us and then running a gruelling, hilly and hot 5km, all before starting work for the day,” she said.
The PA Research Foundation hoped to raise $20,000 for skin cancer research.