Marie White, administration team leader at Blacktown Hospital’s Cancer and Hematology Centre, is one fierce lady.
In September, the St Clair resident will run the Western Sydney Marathon at the Penrith Regatta Centre.
The vibrant 52-year-old plans to take on the 42.2km race with a vengeance, in honour of her father and brother who died from cancer.
“My dad passed away from lung cancer in 2014 and my brother passed way from oesophageal cancer last year,” she said.
“My way of dealing with grief is to take action. I don’t want anyone else to go through what my dad and brother did.
“I don’t want a cure, I want the elimination of cancer. I want to stop people from ever getting cancer in the first place. I want testing to be able to stop anyone having to get it ever again.”
Ms White has been training hard for the marathon, running three times a week, stretching and conducting strength and core training.
“Even if I have to crawl over that line I will do it, I just want to make a difference,” she said.
To support Marie in the Western Sydney Marathon, visit: https://acrfrun.everydayhero.com/au/marie-white-marathon-2017