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Harry on the Run

25 August 2023

Harry Woolley, 27, is taking on 100 half marathons in 100 days to raise $100,000 for cancer research at Peter Mac, helping to shine a light on the impact of cancer on patients and their loved ones.

Harry Woolley

“It’s difficult to put into words the feeling of hearing that your younger brother has cancer”, says Harry.

Harry’s younger brother was 24 when he received the devastating news that he had brain cancer.

“My world came crashing down”, says Harry, a registered mental health nurse and casual runner. 

“I went into fight or flight mode. I had visions of the time in hospital that kept me up at night. I supported my family financially and grounded them mentally and emotionally, at the expense of looking after myself."

Inspired by the strength and determination he saw in his brother, Harry is using his story of trauma, fear, gratitude, and love to promote personal growth and resilience, all while raising vital funds for cancer research.

I have decided I want to challenge myself at a level I have never done so previously. I want to complete 100 half marathons in 100 days challenge and raise $100,000 for Peter Mac’s cancer research.

Harry’s fundraising will touch thousands of lives, helping to ensure cancers are detected when they are most treatable, therapies are kinder and more targeted, and the burdens of cancer are alleviated for patients and their loved ones.

"I still am finding it hard to understand how impactful a cancer diagnosis is on the individual, the immediate family, but also the community and social network the individual and family are part of" says Harry. 

“I want to do everything possible to reduce the fear and suffering my brother and my family had to go through for the next people placed in our position.”

Harry’s epic adventure starts on 13 September 2023.

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