Parkes business woman Rebecca Miller is currently attempting to run nine marathons in nine days in a mammoth effort to raise $100,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation and three other charities.
After two years in the making and several hurdles along the way, like COVID and flooding, she started her 355km run in the pitch dark in Parkes last Saturday – the distance from Parkes to Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney.
Rebecca is dedicating her run to little Lilly Wyburn, who fought Leukaemia form the age of two and sadly lost her battle in November 2017 when she was eight and a half years old.
“Lilly touched so many lives in her short time on earth,” said Rebecca, who is wearing a special necklace she received from Lilly’s mum Jodie to help her get through this massive challenge.
Rebecca is raising funds for four foundations dedicated to supporting families and finding a cure for childhood cancer: Bandage Bear Foundation, Carrie’s Beanies for Brain Cancer, Leukaemia Foundation and CanAssist.
She said doing a marathon every day for nine days was going to challenge her emotionally, mentally and physically, but with the amazing support of so many people cheering her on, she was confident she could do it.
The community support was on show on Sunday with a fun day organised. Rebecca managed to run about 200 laps of Northparkes Oval to complete 50km each day giving her a big boost to take on the remainder of the challenge the rest of the week.
She ran in Orange on Monday and Tuesday, and then went on to Bathurst, Lithgow and will run in Katoomba today. She is expecting to arrive at Westmead tomorrow. If you would like to donate to The Ripple of Kindness project go to https://au.gofundme.com/f/the-ripple-of-kindness-project