Cupid’s bow can help chil­dren

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - JEMMA RYAN

GEE­LONG res­i­dents are be­ing dared to get down to their skimp­ies for a char­ity fun run with a dif­fer­ence.

Reg­is­tra­tions are open for the Cupid’s Undie Run which will hit Gee­long for the first time on Fe­bru­ary 11.

Par­tic­i­pants will run, walk or dance a 1.5km course in their bed­room best to raise funds for the Chil­dren’s Tu­mour Foun­da­tion.

CTF funds re­search, treat­ment, sup­port and clin­i­cal tri­als for those with neu­rofi­bro­mato­sis, a ge­netic condi- tion that can cause the growth of non-can­cer­ous tu­mours.

Nor­lane mother Karla Wil­liams and two of her three chil­dren all have the life­long, in­cur­able med­i­cal con­di­tion.

The tu­mour Ms Wil­liams has al­most never de­vel­ops into can­cer but the tu­mour her chil­dren have, has a 10 per cent ma­lig­nancy rate.

Her youngest, Xavier Wynn, bat­tles low mus­cle tone, a global de­vel­op­men­tal delay, short at­ten­tion span and se­vere speech delay.

Ms Wil­liams, who runs the NF Sup­port Group in Gee­long, said the Cupid’s Undie Run was about be­ing brave.

“A lot of peo­ple with NF do have dis­fig­ur­ing fea­tures ... be­ing in your un­der­wear, it’s about push­ing your­self to those lim­its,” she said.

The run is at the Bar­won Val­ley Fun Park, start­ing at 10am fol­lowed by a bar­be­cue.

Shy types are en­cour­aged to dress in bright cos­tumes, or put their undies on the out­side of their run­ning gear.

The Valen­tines Day week­end event will co­in­cide with oth­ers in 16 cities across the coun­try, in­clud­ing Syd­ney, Bris­bane and Ade­laide.

For more in­for­ma­tion, or to regis­ter, visit cu­pid­sundierun. com.au/cities/gee­long/

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