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This week, Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) transformed into a running circuit as 209 hospital staff and supporters sweated it out at the Smiddy Fun Run—raising more than $18,000 for skin cancer research.
The 12th annual PA Research Foundation (PARF) charity event, held in memory of PAH physiotherapist Adam Smiddy who died from melanoma, was an outstanding success and saw attendance and fundraising records smashed.
PARF Chief Operating Officer Simone Plunkett said she was delighted to see so many people get behind the cause.
“This event has grown year on year which is testament to the staff at PAH who have driven this in memory of their colleague Adam,” she said.
“Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, highlighting the importance of funding research in this space.
“The PAH campus is leading the way in skin cancer research, and we are fortunate to have a specialised melanoma unit and also a state of the art dermatology research centre here on our doorstep.”
PAH Physiotherapist Tony Pratt, who had worked with Adam, said the Physiotherapy Department established the event to honour their friend.
“Adam loved running and competing,” he said.
“We are so pleased at how the run has evolved over the years and look forward to building upon it each year and making it a fun event for runners and walkers, while remembering Adam in a positive way.”
Participants of all ages and skill level competed in the 2.5km walk, 5km run and the 7.5km relay.
Ms Plunkett said PARF hoped to raise $20,000 and that donations could still be made at: www.smiddyfunrun.org.au.