Northmead resident Melanie Buchanan is preparing to run one of the most important races of her life.
The Merrylands High School teacher is running the City 2 Surf in memory of her husband Ryan who passed away in July after a 21 month battle with brain cancer: just four weeks before his 32nd birthday.
Melanie says her husband is a “real hero and an inspiration”.
“Ryan bravely faced the multiple surgeries, rounds of aggressive chemotherapy, radiation therapy and rehabilitation,'' Melanie said.
“Despite the disability caused by the disease and the ongoing fatigue and confusion, Ryan often smiled and very rarely complained.
“He has inspired me to appreciate the little blessings in each and every day.”
Melanie has raised more than $4000 towards Cure for Life Foundation, an organisation established by world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo.
“Ryan had a big heart and a generous spirit and I know that he would be pleased to see just how much money has been raised for Cure for Life Foundation,” Melanie said.
“Cure for Life Foundation is devoted to saving the lives of people affected by brain cancer, by driving greater investment in brain cancer research.
“Every dollar raised brings us one step closer to making brain cancer a manageable disease.”
Brain cancer is the number one cause of cancer related deaths in Australia for those aged under 40 years.
“Brain cancer does not discriminate,” Melanie said.
“While Ryan was in hospital, we watched small children being treated for childhood brain cancer.
“I decided that raising money to accelerate brain cancer research was a positive measure I could take.
“I hope that through the City 2 Surf, I can continue to raise greater awareness of brain cancer and the affect it has on young people and their families.”
To sponsor Melanie in the City 2 Surf visit www.fundraise.city2surf.com.au/Melanie_Buchanan69