Motivated mum’s fitness blitz to thank hospital staff

Parents Ceren and Can Sancak with their 36-week-old baby girl Mila and seven-year-old son Doruk.

In between hospital visits to her premature baby, Mila, a determined mother has managed to squeeze in burpees and push-ups ahead of western Sydney’s largest charity fun run.

New mum Ceren Sancak has balanced cycling, running and walking in between visits to her baby in Westmead Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).  

Ceren said Mila was born premature at 28 weeks. Mila required almost two months of care in the NICU. Pregnancy generally lasts for about 40 weeks.

“I was 28 weeks pregnant and one day I had some pain in my stomach and bleeding,” Ceren said.

“We went to the emergency department straight away at Westmead Hospital and they did a quick examination and confirmed my water had broken.”

After two months of care in the NICU following Mila’s early arrival, baby Mila is ready to go home. Ceren now wants to give thanks to the hospital staff for their care and support by signing up for the 2019 Coleman Greig Challenge, which raises funds for women’s health and newborn care at Westmead Hospital.

Ceren encouraged everyone to support the event.

The family is looking forward to heading home after two months at Westmead Hospital.

“I think everybody has to attend this challenge because the NICU staff is giving everything they have,” Mila said.

“This challenge is really very important to raise money to afford the needs of the staff.”

The Coleman Greig Challenge is western Sydney’s largest charity event for children with special needs and newborn care. It donates funds to the Westmead Hospital Foundation, St. Gabriel’s School, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.

The event is an opportunity for staff, local businesses and the community to support organisations making a difference to the lives of children and their families.

About 800 people took part in the event at Parramatta Park in 2018.

Registrations are available by contacting Westmead Hospital Foundation on (02) 8890 9014 or Free call on 1800 639 037. 


  • WHAT: Coleman Greig Challenge
  • WHEN: September 20 2019,from 7am-9am
  • WHERE: Parramatta Park
  • CONTACT: (02) 8890 9014 or Free Call 1800 639 037