With the running season in full swing we’re seeing thousands of inspirational stories flooding into the runPositive site. Runners, walkers and pram pushers of all ages and abilities are raising money and awareness for an incredible range of charities and causes across the country and are supporting each other through runPositive.
This week we caught up with Marie and Tamsyn, just two of the amazing Suncorp Bank runPositive members who are working hard to make a difference to the lives of others
As one of the winners of our $500 donation giveaways, Marie has a pretty inspirational reason for running positive.
On the 24th September 2013 Marie gave a vital gift and donated one of her kidneys to her husband Steven.
After deciding to get into running six months prior to the surgery in order to get fit before the operation, Marie now runs to stay healthy as a living kidney donor to keep her body and mind in great shape.
Marie is running in the Bridge Run as part of this year’s Blackmores Sydney Running Festival along with her four adult children. The event marks one year since the successful donation as well as Steven’s birthday and Marie’s first running festival since the surgery.
With Steven doing well, Marie is happy to focus on the good “It’s been a long hard journey all these years, but with positives along the way,” she says.
Congratulations Marie, and all the best at BSRF!
In 2013 Tamsyn decided run The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bank Bridge to Brisbane to raise awareness for her own rare neurological condition. But at the end of Feb this year, Tamsyn’s son was diagnosed with leukaemia and the family were forced to embark on a journey that they were not prepared for. In the last few months the family had first-hand experience with the lack of awareness and funds focussed on support for childhood cancer sufferers and their carers.
Tamsyn has decided once again to complete the Bridge to Brisbane, this time to raise money for Childhood Cancer Support, who have provided vital support through accommodation (Tamsyn and her family have to travel from Rockhampton to Brisbane for treatment), as well as other practical, emotional and social support.
We love Tamsyn’s moto to”Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you greater than any obstacle” Christian D Lason.
Good luck at the Bridge to Brisbane Tamsyn, we’re sure your son is very proud.
To read more amazing stories like Tamsyn and Marie’s head over to http://www.suncorpbank.com.au/runpositive