Written by Samantha Kelly.
HBF Run for a Reason is fast approaching and, while we have discussed the health benefits and physical aspect of the event, it is important to stop and reflect on why we are actually running/walking.
Are you trying to keep fit? Is this a personal challenge? Or perhaps there is an emotional reason that made you register …
For HBF Fun for a Reason Ambassador, Dani Orlando, her reason for running hits very close to her heart.
“The run means so much to me because, as a friend to someone who lost their brother and someone so special in her family and her family’s life, it’s my way of giving back,” Dani said.
The loss of someone special she refers to is her best friend, Emma Van Der Meer’s late brother. James Van Der Meer was only 18-years-old when he was first diagnosed with brain cancer.
Unfortunately, James passed away from his disease in 2008. He was only 22 years old.
In memory of James, on the ten-year anniversary of his passing, Dani and Emma will walk HBF Run for a Reason’s 4km track, and donate all funds raised to Cancer Council WA.
“Walking together in memory of James, and raising money to help find a cure is my reason,” she says.
Each person involved in this year’s run has their own personal reasons for putting on that blue shirt and joining the masses in Perth’s CBD.
However, no matter what your #reason is, Dani says we’re all in this together.
“Regardless of what our reason is, it’s a time to band together and support each other to help make a difference, however big or small.”
To read more about Dani’s Reason and donate to the Cancer Council, visit https://hbfrun2018.everydayhero.com/au/dani