Stadium Stomp stampede to improve treatments and find cures for blood cancer
Publish Date: 16/6/2016
The grandstands of some of Australia's largest sporting stadiums are set to transform into the stomping grounds for the annual Stadium Stomp series.
Celebrating health, fitness and fun, Stadium Stomp is all about community so now’s the time to rally your family and friends together and fundraise for a charity that you are truly passionate about.
For Judi Kearlsey, whose 19 year old son James was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, nothing is more important to her than helping fund life-saving research to find better treatments and cures for blood cancer.
In 2014 when her son was first hospitalised, sometimes Judi would go for a run when James was resting and she says that it helped to ‘keep her sane’.
“People often ask how I’ve stayed strong since James’ diagnosis of AML. At times I’ve wondered if I have any emotions left but I’ve come to the conclusion that I cry through my skin… I sweat out my emotions,” said Judi.
In December last year James relapsed, and after undergoing a course of chemotherapy James and Judi relocated from Hobart to Melbourne in March, enabling James to receive an urgent bone marrow transplant.
Judi says the support of the Leukaemia Foundation over the years has made a huge difference to their lives and her gratitude is what continues to motivate her fundraising efforts.
“The peace of mind that our accommodation, fuel and groceries needs are taken care of has been great but it isn’t just about the monetary help the Leukaemia Foundation provides,” said Judi. “Personally, we are so grateful for the emotional help and support James and our family have received, it has been invaluable.”
Her relentless determination to help Leukaemia Foundation researchers improve treatments and find cures to blood cancers is evident; last year Judi competed in the New York Marathon with a stress fracture of the pelvis and raised a whopping $20,000 and, while caring for James post-transplant, Judi still aims to raise $1000 for the upcoming Stadium Stomp.
Despite a persistent Achilles injury, Judi says she is feeling fit and looking forward to participating in the Stomp at a quick but sensible stomping pace and, with James due for 100 day post-transplant tests around the same time, we take this opportunity to wish them both all the very best.
If you share Judi’s passion to support the Leukaemia Foundation’s important live-saving research then please register for Stadium Stomp in your state today.
Unable to join a Stadium Stomp? Don’t despair. Please share Judi's story today with someone you think might be interested and you will still help the Leukaemia Foundation make a real difference to the lives of families impacted by a blood cancer diagnosis.
Already registered? Welcome aboard! Please tell us why you are Stadium Stomping and what it means to you to be supporting people with blood cancer.