In memory of Tarkan - Run2Cure Neuroblastoma
Neuroblastoma is the biggest cancer killer of children under 5 years old. Local Bondi woman Carmella Wilson is running her fifth time in memory of her nephew Tarkan who lost his brave fight aged eight years old.
She shares her story and how you can support this important event on June 2nd in Sydney.
My name is Carmella Wilson and on Sunday 2nd June I will be participating in the 2019 Run2Cure Neuroblastoma. This will be my 5th time and once again I’m running in memory of my nephew Tarkan who died from this aggressive form of childhood cancer. Tarkan was diagnosed at the age of 4 and as you can imagine it was a big shock to all his family. Like most people, we had never heard of the disease.
Sadly, after multiple chemotherapy treatments, operations and months in hospital, Tarkan lost his brave fight when he was 8 years old. Obviously it was a devastating time for our family, especially for his Mum (my sister) and his Dad.
For those that don’t know, Neuroblastoma is the biggest cancer killer of children under 5 and the more aggressive forms have only a 50% survival rate. The average age of diagnosis is just 2 years old. A third of all survivors suffer long term side effects such as hearing loss, infertility and the risk of secondary cancers.
In 2014 I saw an advert for Run2Cure Neuroblastoma and I thought what a great thing to do to honour the memory of my funny and mischievous nephew and to raise money for such a worthwhile cause. I have raised around $7,000 in total for my 4 previous runs.
I hope that one day we can find a cure for this disease and that by running in this event I am doing my bit to raise funds to make this happen so that other children and their families do not have to suffer the sadness that my family and others have suffered.
Neuroblastoma Australia not only raise funds for research and raise awareness of the disease but they also assist the families of the children with the disease giving them vital support at a very difficult and challenging time of their life.
I would encourage others to join in the event as it is a beautiful course, starting in the Domain and then winding around the edge of the Botanical Gardens, taking in stunning views of Sydney Harbour. There are distances for all levels of fitness and you can run or walk, the main thing is you are doing something so worthwhile and enjoyable. It’s also a great family day out with a fantastic atmosphere and loads of fun for the children.
So why not sign up to run or walk in the Run2Cure Neuroblastoma 2019 and be part of something amazing!
To find out more about the event visit
When: Sunday June 2nd
Where: Domain Sydney
Time : 7.30am -1.00pm
You can choose to run different distances as well