In­spir­ing rea­son Sally runs

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BAL­DIVIS res­i­dent Sally Len­non will run the HBF half-marathon on May 27, de­spite bat­tling brain can­cer, in an ef­fort to raise $10,000 for the Brain Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

The 34-year-old was di­ag­nosed with the disease two years ago.

After hav­ing a reg­u­lar check-up for a con­di­tion she has had since child­hood called hy­dro­cephalus, which is fluid on the brain, her doc­tor found some­thing much more sin­is­ter.

Ms Len­non said the scan showed a ma­lig­nant tu­mour in the cen­tre of her brain, most of which was re­moved dur­ing ma­jor surgery in July 2016.

“I was lucky mine was caught when it was,” she said.

Since the surgery she has lost part of her vi­sion but is in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to be able to lead a full life after the op­er­a­tion.

Ms Len­non has gone from lim­ited run­ning ac­tiv­ity to run­ning over 15km.

“I want peo­ple to please get check-ups by your GP and, if they see any­thing that needs to be checked out, do it,” she said.

“I’m try­ing to stay fit and healthy to stay happy and pos­i­tive.

“I want to take this once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity to do this while I am well and able, and raise money for such a great cause and for the peo­ple that have this ter­ri­ble disease like my­self, and for the peo­ple who have passed away from it.”

The half-marathon will be a step­ping stone to Ms Len­non’s am­bi­tion to com­plete the New York Marathon this Novem­ber.

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