The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page - WORDS:

Strolling down to the Salt House early one Sun­day morn­ing, I en­coun­tered some strange glares as I stripped down to my jocks dar­ing to bare it all for a great cause.

The very first Cairns Cupid Undie Run had more than 115 par­tic­i­pants ready to run the 1.5km in their bed­room best to raise aware­ness for neu­rofi­bro­mato­sis, a ge­netic dis­or­der that causes tu­mours to form a nerve cell any­where in the body in­clud­ing the brain and spine.

Mother and event or­gan­iser Diana Hep­worth had a heart­warm­ing story to tell, she shared the rea­son she brought the Cupid Undie Run to Cairns. Her lit­tle boy was di­ag­nosed with Neu­rofi­bro­mato­sis on his first birth­day.

Diana told me when she found out about this fun run she just fell in love with the con­cept. Neu­rofi­bro­mato­sis can cause phys­i­cally de­form­ing growths on the skin which sadly, of­ten lead to peo­ple star­ing.

“The undie run is all about mak­ing peo­ple feel­ing com­fort­able in their own skin, and mak­ing peo­ple aware it is also OK to be dif­fer­ent,” she said.

With the sup­port of the lo­cal com­mu­nity, Cairns raised more than $12,000 for the Chil­dren’s Tu­mour Foun­da­tion. Diana says that next year is go­ing to be big­ger and bet­ter than ever, so get ready.

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