Lachlan's marathon for Advanced Breast Cancer
On 16 November, I will run my first marathon to raise awareness for women, like my mum, who live with advanced breast cancer.Nationwide
On Saturday 16 November, I will run the iconic Queenstown Marathon. I'm doing this to raise awareness for women, like my mum Julie, who live with advanced breast cancer.
Every year, over 600 women die from breast cancer. For many women, medicines that keep them feeling well are simply out of reach. These treatments are not publicly funded and cost over $5000 a month. Such a hefty price tag can mean difficult decisions at a very stressful time, and is far beyond what many families can afford to keep their mothers, wives, aunts, sisters and friends living better for longer.
My goal is to raise $4,200 - that's $100 for every kilometre - for Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC), an umbrella organisation representing 32 breast cancer-related groups in New Zealand. BCAC is one of the strongest voices advocating better access to treatments for women with advanced breast cancer.
I have never run a marathon before and I'm super excited about it. I've no doubt that it's going to be tough, with plenty of hard yards to even reach the start line.
Please help whenever and wherever you can. I would love it if you would follow my journey, share my page, and donate to my cause.
Lachlan McKenzie's involvement (page creator)
In New Zealand, 600 women will die from breast cancer. Women with advanced breast cancer typically live for 16 months after diagnosis, compared to 2-3 years or longer in other Western countries. I'm running the Queenstown Marathon for Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition, to help raise awareness and give women a better chance at living well, longer.
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Kia ora koutou
Today (Sunday), my campaign to raise funds for Kiwis living with advanced breast cancer draws to a close: my Give a Little page closes at midnight. I'm delighted to have raised over $5500 for NZ women living with advanced breast cancer - a disease that takes nearly 700 lives every year. The story of my campaign is neatly told in this article (pictured) by the Independent Herald (Wellington).
Although my journey is over, this generally is not the case for women with advanced breast cancer. Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition, the beneficiary of my fundraising, advocates for access to treatments. You can still donate to Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition at https://www.breastcancer.org.nz/ if you wish to support.
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This page was created on 11 May 2019 and closed on 1 Dec 2019.