Phoebe MacKellar, the current top fundraiser in the HBF Run for a Reason, says she was inspired by the work of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and wanted to do her bit to help.
Phoebe surpassed her initial $20,000 fundraising goal by more than $8,000 and says choosing to take part in the Run was an easy decision.
“Combining exercise, which I enjoy doing, with an event that allows me to raise money to support a charity close to my heart? Why not!” Phoebe said.
This year was the second time that the East Fremantle local has taken part in the HBF Run for a Reason, but the first time fundraising for a cause.
“I did some research into which charity was most appropriate to put the money towards and I thought the work done by the prostate cancer researchers at the Perkins was inspiring,” Phoebe said.
Phoebe said her family had been touched by prostate cancer and it had strengthened her resolve to support medical research in any way she could.
“My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer 10 years ago. It is an emotional rollercoaster for everyone involved, especially Dad,” Phoebe said.
“Thanks to all the new drugs and clinical trials the options for treatment continue to broaden but the statistics on men being diagnosed with prostate cancer are still mind-blowing.”
“I wanted to do my part in raising money to assist our dedicated researchers continue to find answers and new treatments.”
The 26-year-old physiotherapist recruited colleagues to form a team ‘Silas St Physio & Pilates’ named after her workplace and says reaching her goal has been easier than she anticipated.
“The generosity of people has been overwhelming!”
“Seeing how much support we have received has really motivated me to train and continue raising awareness about the importance of research in this area.”