Amanda Cahill set to run and fundraise for Erica Walker

Amanda Cahill: Photo: supplied.

Amanda Cahill: Photo: supplied.

Amanda Cahill says she hasn't run a half marathon in years but all that will change when she goes the distance to help out a family in March.

Amanda will do the 21.1 kilometre distance at the Port Macquarie Running Festival on Sunday, March 10 and said she was inspired to help raise money for the Walker family after reading their story.

Camden Haven resident, mother and registered nurse Erica (Ric) Walker was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2018, had surgery and is now undergoing rehabilitation, radiation and chemotherapy. 

"Originally it was a goal just for me, because I could.... but after hearing about a local woman who needs some help, I decided to ‘Run 4 Ric’," Amanda said. 

Unfortunately the tumor has impacted Erica’s movement. She has lost the ability to use her left arm and is no longer independent.  

Erica and her husband Mick, who is a local police sergeant in Laurieton, have three children who live at home - Jack, Tom and Matilda.

Erica is a registered nurse at a local doctor's centre and Amanda said she has been lucky enough to be treated by her.

"I would like to raise money to help ease the financial burden while they (the Walkers) run their private marathon," she said.

Amanda started training for the half marathon in October, 2018.

In the lead up to the event Amanda has been doing shorter runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. She said she has friends who often run with her.

On the day of the event Amanda said her two children will be there to cheer her on from the sidelines.

If you would like to make a donation for the cause, visit Amanda's gofundme page at www.gofundme.com/run-4-ric

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