By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
By Megan Norris (The Five Mile Press, $32.95, softcover, 384 pages)
Apart from being an emotional read, this motivating story of the 2011 Tasmanian Australian of the Year, Deborah De Williams, it is also a narrative of optimism, courage, selfless devotion and being victorious—in more ways than one.
A diagnosis of breast cancer and two broken feet were not enough to stop her, and her loyal border collie Maggie, from running 18,026 kilometres around Australia for breast cancer research.
A seasoned ultra-marathon runner, Deborah beat breast cancer herself at 36.
Her quest is multi-layered: raising awareness, educating people, giving hope to women all over the country and raising funds for research which she hopes may one day eradicate a disease known to strike more than 1.3 million women around the world every year.
In Australia, every day more than 30 women discover they have breast cancer— about 11,500 people every year.
When Deborah began her mammoth challenge on 25 October, 2008 she was “running for a cure” and “never envisaged the rousing welcome that lay waiting for her along the road.”
Running Pink is the breast cancer charity she’d founded in 2007 after mounting her own battle against the disease that struck her in March 2006.
She displayed resilience as nothing was going to stop this breast cancer survivor from her mission even though her initial attempt was abandoned—but only after running the last 825 kilometres on broken feet.
Deborah proved everyone wrong when they said she would never run again.
The next step in her inspirational story is even more astounding: she is now training to do a marathon in the Antarctic (which includes running around a deep freezer!).
Deborah is a “woman in a hurry”, but one who has lots of courage. Her feat eloquently mirrors what James Allen said: “… Dreams are the seedlings of realities”.
Edition 316, 5 June 2012
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