Ready to run over melanoma at City2Surf 2019
8 August 2019
Lauren O'Brien was part of Team Melanoma in City2Surf 2018 and is back again for 2019. We caught up with her to chat about why she's running for a cause close to her heart.
Why you have chosen to be part of Team Melanoma for City2Surf again?
I not only love helping to raise money for such an important cause, but I also loved being apart of the team last year. It was so much fun and motivating running along with other members of the Melanoma Team. I was very nervous at the start line and was just standing alone when Jay Allen ( MIA's Community Engagement Manager) and the team spotted my team shirt and came up to introduce themselves, we all warmed up together and started the run together. This was an awesome experience. Melanoma Institute Australia also have done so much for our friends and offered a lot of support so it feels great to be able to give back to them.
Tell us a bit about your relationship with Rhonda?
I have known Rhonda and her family my whole life. My parents met John and Rhonda through the local cricket club and quickly became great family friends. Rhonda and her family have been by my side for every major life milestone and are apart of every great memory growing up. With Rhonda's kind soul and nurturing nature, she quickly became like a second mum to my sister and I. I grew up side by side with Rhonda's four kids Amanda, Emma, Sarah and Ryan and to this, Emma Sarah and I have made memories all over Europe together. The friendship we have with the Shaw family is a special one.
Why research is so important to you?
All our hearts broke when we lost Rhonda to melanoma and it's still something I am coming to terms with (over a year later). Research is the key to preventing other families from going through the pain we have over the last 1.5 years. With the uniqueness that lies with Rhonda's condition, research is the only thing we have to help further understand her condition and the cure.
We want to thank every member of Team Melanoma and everyone who donated to them. With your help, we are moving closer to our goal of zero deaths from melanoma!
Lauren O'Brien tells us why she's running for a cause close to her heart
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