When Kate Wright ran in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival last year, she didn't do it alone.
Mrs Wright, a haematology and oncology pharmacist at Orange hospital - ran with the names of her patients written onto her top.
Some wrote their own names, while some who had their names on the top had died from blood cancer. Initially she planned for 21 names - one name per kilometre of the half-marathon - but shortly had far more names than that.
"Every day I'm working with people with blood cancers so I see everything they go through and the challenges they face compared to people in the city," Mrs Wright said.
"This means I can support them in a slightly different way and raise awareness."
Mrs Wright faced challenges of her own this year, having surgery for cervical cancer in June, but she's not letting that stop her - she's back doing the half marathon.
Both surgery and coronavirus restrictions made her run this year uncertain, but she'll be back - and bringing the next generation with her.
"I've got two girls, I might do a 3.5km with [six-year-old] Claire. She's done a couple of threes and a 5k so 3.5 should be easy," Mrs Wright said.
"This year it's virtual, it's nice we don't have to travel like a lot of cancer patients do. I'll be running in Orange."
She also encouraged people to donate stem cells to help people with blood cancer. To donate, head to bsrf20.grassrootz.com/leukaemia/kate-wright.
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