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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Today I'm home from overseas, and am so looking forward to getting stuck into the last month of prep for Queenstown. My last stop was San Francisco, where I had the most amazing and enjoyable run all around the city. Obviously running over the Golden Gate Bridge was the ultimate show-stopper!
Since starting my training at Easter, I'm proud to have raised over $3200 for New Zealanders living with advanced breast cancer. I want to raise $1000 more, to meet my goal of $100 for every kilometre of the Queenstown Marathon. So, if you too want to improve outcomes for New Zealanders living with advanced breast cancer, then now's the time to get behind the cause. Sign the petitions, talk to politicians and, if you can, please support people like me putting their best feet forward to challenge themselves.
Please share this with your colleagues and friends. This is my first marathon, and I would love it if you'd support my run for advanced breast cancer.
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