Take Steps for Sick Kids

11 April 2019

Inspired by the strength she sees in patients at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick every day, Paediatric Respiratory Scientist Leanne Plush took on the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon to help kids with cystic fibrosis. Read her story:   

"I decided to run the SMH half marathon to raise money for Children with cystic fibrosis, whilst also kicking some personal and physical goals along the way!

Knowing that by completing the 21.1km I would, in some way, be contributing to better care for our patients with Cystic Fibrosis made this challenge so worthwhile and rewarding – and reminding myself of the small difference I might make to the lives of these children absolutely got me over the finish line.

Running as part of the SCH Team meant that I had team mates running right there beside me, supporting and encouraging me along the way. It felt amazing to cross the finish line knowing that we had raised over $4,000 for Children with cystic fibrosis (toward research and supporting low income families with children with CF) and that we had just achieved the physical (and mental) challenge we set for ourselves.

The ongoing support of family, friends, patients/patients families and strangers through generous donations, sharing our fund raising page or physically cheering us on on race day made this experience so memorable and gratifying.

If you have ever thought about completing a Half Marathon there is no better team to join than the SCH Team – it’s time to push your personal and physical limits for a cause!" Leanne Plush, Paediatric Respiratory Scientist at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick. 

The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon is Australia’s largest and most prestigious Half Marathon event. Taking place on Sunday 19 May, the iconic course takes participants past the beautiful sights of Sydney’s harbour side and is open to both individual or team relay entries. Even better, your run will help thousands of sick and injured kids.  

Join our team and sign up today!   

    Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation raises funds for Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick , The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage, the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS NSW) and Kids Research