Dialog Box


A run to remember: Martin’s reason to join our City2Surf team

Martin will join our team at this year's City2Surf to help find a cure. 

Words by Martin Pearson.

The Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is a cause that I am running the City2Surf for. There are many reasons as to why I’m supporting this cause. It’s something that has affected my family and friends.

From a personal level, this is the second year that I’ll be running the City2Surf to raise funds for this amazing cause. My parents, Linda and David, are both immigrants and moved to Australia to build a future for themselves. They were deeply in love and had both myself and my sister and were looking forward to a great future in this amazing country.

However, shortly after the birth of my sister, my dad was diagnosed with brain cancer. I was only two years old at the time and didn’t fully comprehend the enormity of what happened. My dad’s journey with brain cancer was short and he passed away just after I turned four. It absolutely devastated my mum who was in a foreign country and a widow at only 26 with two young kids.

After this, I went to live overseas for several years and came back to Australia as my mum re-married to my stepdad, Tony. Tony is one of the most patient and caring people I have ever encountered. Not only did he adopt my sister and I as his own children, he did everything in his power for us to have a normal life and gave us the best upbringing possible. In return for everything he’s done for me, my sister and I changed our last name to his as a sign of respect. Tony and Mum have also raised much-needed funds and awareness for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

Martin (second right) enjoying some family time with his mum Linda (left), stepdad Tony (right), and his two siblings.

Our connection to the cause runs through many generations of my family and it’s something we all are very passionate about. Brain cancer claimed the life of our neighbour, as well as a close friend’s niece. It would be great if we could see more awareness of this terrible disease and the only way to find a cure is through increased awareness and donations to the great work that researchers are doing.

It is my aim to top the $1,100 we raised last year through running the City2Surf and I’ve set a conservative effort of $1,500 which I’m sure we’ll smash! I implore everyone to spread the word as increased awareness will help us beat brain cancer!

Donate to Martin's personal fundraising page 

 Event details:

  • Date: Sunday 11 August 2019
  • Distance: Run, walk or jog the 14km course from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach
  • Be part of our amazing community of runners and receive coaching and guidance before race day

Why run for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation?

You’ll be running to fund world-class clinical trials and treatment options, and better still, when you join our passionate community, you will receive:

  • FREE 2XU running singlet once you raise $50, and a FREE 2XU running visor once you raise $500 
  • Access to a dedicated Sports Fundraising Coordinator to help guide you through your fundraising and fitness journey

Join our team for City2Surf