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Running for jo ❤️

Closed Cause page created in the Event category by Leanne Broughton for Joanne Leahey

$12,700 donated

Given by 146 generous donors in 4 weeks


Running for jo is my campaign to help a beautiful young mum fight for her life. All sponsors and donations will be forwarded directly to jo

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The best teachers educate with their hearts , not just their minds

Jo leahy is a wonderful kindergarten teacher who has become a loving , trusted friend to many parents, someone who doesn’t just care for our children but inspires them to be more .

All parents want someone special to teach their little ones - jo has been that person.

Late 2019 , jo became very ill with a rare and inoperable bile duct cancer ,


Jo now has a tumour on her liver; the pace of growth has been aggressive.

Just before Christmas jo began her first course of chemotherapy.

Since that time she has become increasingly unwell, requiring constant visits to accident and emergency.

Her life is now punctuated with frequent admissions to hospital.

Jo has been struggling with pneumonia, most recently requiring two blood transfusions.

The state of her health has meant a temporary stop to the chemotherapy but in that time the tumour on her liver has been growing.

Jo’s first love is her family: son George (15) , daughter Nita (10) , and husband, Dave .

With jo becoming so unwell so rapidly and not being able to work since August 2019.

Dave , has needed to take time off work to be with his wife at this time of need .

I’ve decided to run the Christchurch motorway half marathon on March 1st dedicating the run to jo .

I feel driven to do what I can for Jo and am asking for your support.

Jo is a young and vibrant mother, beautiful inside and out , with a huge heart.

I know if it was anyone else going through this terrible time Jo would be the first person wanting to help .


Leanne Broughton's involvement (page creator)

Jo is a dear and very special friend and has also been my children’s adored kindergarten teacher , got to know jo through kindergarten and developed a special friendship

Use of funds

funds would help with the loss of wages now that the family are reduced to one income & the sole breadwinner(Dave ) needs time off work to be with jo while so unwell.

Also to be spent on supporting Jo’s family to travel to blenheim from the north island

Latest donations

  • Watt family

    Watt family on 04 Mar 2020


    We are thinking of you. Aroha nui


  • Dot and stu

    Dot and stu on 03 Mar 2020


    Lots of love to you jo , Dave, George and Nita, Your a amazing and courageous lady jo, love from dot and Stuart verhey , Bella and Corbans grandparents xoxo


  • Pauline Woolford

    Pauline Woolford on 02 Mar 2020


    Jo I hope the good wishes and warmth from the people contributing to this Give a little page gives you strength to get through your treatments and what lies ahead. It was wonderful to see you and David and your family in Christchurch. Much love to you all.❤️


  • Michelle

    Michelle on 01 Mar 2020



  • Brendon

    Brendon on 01 Mar 2020



Who's involved?

Leanne Broughton's avatar
Created by Leanne Broughton
Joanne Leahy's avatar
Paying to a verified bank account of Joanne Leahy

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This page was created on 3 Feb 2020 and closed on 4 Mar 2020.
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