Sad losses spur Re­nae to help oth­ers

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

RE­NAE Court is some­one who has lived through more than her fair share of tough times.

The Ham­mond Park res­i­dent was just nine years old when her mother died of breast can­cer.

Last year her fam­ily were rocked again af­ter the death of her fa­ther fol­low­ing a six-year fight with stom­ach can­cer.

She said los­ing her fa­ther was ex­tremely hard be­cause he played such an im­por­tant role af­ter the death of her mum and kept her strong when times were tough.

“No one should have to go through what we have twice in their life,” she said.

“It just seemed so un­fair. My dad was the one per­son I could al­ways turn to when I needed to cry about my mum. He would con­stantly re­mind us what a beau­ti­ful per­son our mum was and how proud she would have been of us all.”

Ms Court has taken part in the HBF Run for a Rea­son for a num­ber of years in hon­our of her mum, to help raise money for the Can­cer Coun­cil and help other fam­i­lies go­ing through the same ex­pe­ri­ence.

She was set to hang up the jog­gers but the death of her dad spurred her on to run again, with friends and fam­ily com­ing to­gether to form Al­fie’s An­gels. To­gether they raised more than $17,300. “It’s so im­por­tant to get be­hind these types of fundrais­ing events,” she said.

“Char­i­ties need all the help and sup­port they can get so they can help peo­ple who are strug­gling with ill­nesses. Ev­ery cent counts and could help change some­one’s life.”

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Tarshia Bott will use her win­nings to travel the world.

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Re­nae Court.

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