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Emily's big achievement


Emily's big achievement after beating cancer


“The day I found out (I had cancer) was horrendous,” Emily says. “I don’t think there is a feeling to describe it. I had to wait to see if it had spread anywhere else in my body and that was the hardest part.”


Emily lost her hair from chemotherapy and underwent surgery to remove her tumour. She had to defer her studies without knowing when she could return. Suddenly she was living in and out of hospital and her studies were disrupted. 


Emily was too sick to work. Redkite provided her with financial assistance to relieve the financial stress. Once Emily had finished treatment, she also received a Redkite education grant to help cover her university textbooks, so she could focus on catching up.


Being declared cancer free was an amazing moment – yet for Emily, who had always been a fit and healthy person, her confidence in her body and health was shattered. So, just nine months out of treatment she decided to push her limits by entering the 16km Tough Mudder endurance event to raise funds for Redkite. 


Emily says “I was very ashamed of having cancer because I felt like my body had let me down. That’s why I decided to take on the Tough Mudder. After cancer, I wanted to do something big.” 


“I’d been looking forward to the moment when I finished the race, and when I did, I just started to cry. I couldn’t believe that I’d finally done it. I hope that by fundraising for Redkite I’ve helped another young person and their family.” 

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Sydney and Meg's triumph on the road

Adrian finds strength in Tough Mudder 

Walk, run, swim or cycle for kids with cancer in 2018

Get your runners on to support children and young people with cancer this year. Push your limits or get creative with your fundraising with funny costumes. Whether you run or walk, you'll cross the finish line knowing you’ve made a real difference to families in need. Learn more here.