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A familiar face hits the City2Surf course this year – Batman in a purple tutu

Published Date: 20 June 2016 Categories: Patients, Carers, Fundraisers

Every year more than 80,000 people hit the streets of Sydney for the iconic City2Surf Fun Run.

Among that group a few will be Getting Their Blood Pumping for Blood Cancer as part of the Leukaemia Foundation’s running team.

One such runner, back again to take on the City2Surf challenge, is Ian Billett. We first met Ian back in 2014 when he made quite a statement in a purple tutu. Ian chose to support the Foundation after his wife Kelly was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and sadly passed away in 2015.

“So why am I running to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation? Because I want to give back to those who helped my family so they can help other families when they are going through tough times during their treatments. So please support me in supporting the Leukaemia Foundation, to make this more interesting I will be running in a Batman costume and violet tutu as batman was Kelly's favourite superhero and violet is the colour of the Hodgkins Lymphoma ribbon.” said Ian

“Throughout this entire journey the Leukaemia Foundation has been helping us with food and fuel vouchers, transport to and from doctors’ appointments, but the biggest help was the accommodation they gave us while Kelly had her transplant. It was comforting to know that while Kelly was in hospital and when she came out we had somewhere to stay that was close to everything we needed shops, hospital and playgrounds for our kids.”

Ian will not be running alone, with a team of friends and family joining him on the adventure. Though Ian is likely to be the only Batman in a purple tutu on the course.

When asked about taking on the City2Surf for those thinking about it Ian said “Firstly do it, I think City2Surf should be on everyone’s to do list, you don't have to run it like an Olympian, walk it, take your camera as there is some absolutely beautiful shots along the way, grab a ice cream on the way like my cousin did a few years ago. But if you do it why not challenge yourself to raise some money for Leukaemia Foundation or another charity that you would like to support.”

Ian is just one of the thousands running to support their favourite charities in this years event. That the Leukaemia Foundation has been chosen by so many is an honour. Sponsor their run by donating directly to Ian or if you’re up for it we’d love to have you join the team. 

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