Candace to Run for Lives in Fitzy’s 5

When you participate in Fitzy’s 5 on Sunday 5th August 2012, you’re not just running or walking in a great event, you’re also helping to change lives. New runner Candace Burk will be lining up in Fitzy’s 5 for the first time this year and has been kind enough to share her motivation for running Fitzy’s 5.

My name is Candace Burk and I am 25 years of age. I don’t have a heart-wrenching story to tell as I have truly been blessed and have so much to be thankful for in this wonderful life I live. I don’t see myself as a hero; just an individual doing my part to give back to the community. If I leave this world having made just one persons life easier than that would be everything to me.

I have always been a compassionate person and from a young age; constantly had the desire to help others less fortunate than myself. I have raised money in the Red Cross March door knock appeal, I donate blood as often as I can at the ARCBS, I have participated in the shoebox of love for Tsunami victims, visited and donated to the poor in Fiji and built toilets and dug holes for septic tanks for a village in Ecuador, South America.

At the age of 4 I became a renal patient at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. I was born with a bent ureter which lead to reflux and resulted in scarring of both my kidneys. I had an operation when I was 5yo to correct this and now only go to the QEH annually for check ups. After regularly having my blood taken at a young age; curiosity got the better of me and I ended up studying A Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine atUniversityofSouth Australiaand became a Medical Scientist at the WCH. It is so surreal to be working where it all began!

I have recently taken up running as a hobbie and find it is a great form of fitness; it makes me motivated, gives me confidence and best of all makes me happy and something to be proud of. I saw Fitzy’s 5 as an opportunity to help me prepare in my first ever City to Bay Fun Run. When I saw I could raise money for cancer research there was no reason not to and I became even more motivated.

Cancer is unfortunately a very common and potentially fatal disease that can affect anyone at any time. I am sure there is not a single person in this world who does not know of someone who has fought it, is fighting it or has lost the fight to it. Whether it be in the waiting room, in the lift or simply walking down the hall; everyday working at the WCH I see children battling cancer. It is a constant reminder to me that when testing their blood they are not just a name; they are precious individuals with the biggest fight ahead of them who deserve the chance of a better life.

Thankfully with the support of others and through Fitzy’s 5 funds for cancer research will result in an increasing number of cancer patients winning their fight. I will be ‘running for lives’ when I run 5km on Sunday 5th August in the Fitzy’s 5 run. Each and every day I will continue to do what I can to play my part in giving back to the community and making the world a better place!

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