Relative risk of cancer triggers bigger run for fun

New York City, 25 Aug 2016

When Bethany Andries’ grandmother was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia 15 years ago, she was able to access a range of treatments given the multiple clinical research trials available.

“She has been in a constant cycle of remission and relapse for all this time,” says Andries, from Macquarie New York’s Asset Management group. “Without funding for leukaemia and lymphoma research, she would most likely not have survived this long.”

Andries’ uncle passed away from the same cancer when she was young and, determined to make a difference to a charity close to her heart, for the last two years she has helped organise a Macquarie five-kilometre run to raise money for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society, together with co-chair John Pennington.

Runners of all ages can enter the Macquarie 5K Fun Run, which is also open to employees’ friends and families. More than 110 people participated in the August race, with more supporters watching.

“We had beautiful weather this year, a good turnout of runners of all levels, and a motivational speech before the race from a Macquarie LLS survivor,” Andries said. “It was just great to have the event go off so seamlessly and see everyone enjoy themselves for a good cause.”

Together with a bourbon auction the week after the race, close to $28,000 was raised for LLS, including Macquarie Group Foundation matching.

Image caption: Macquarie 5K Fun Run coordinator Bethany Andries (right) together with Macquarie employee Alison Isaacs.