Erin Moore may be a keen runner, but she’s never faced a challenge like this before.
The registered nurse will be joining 15 other staff members from the Princess Alexandra Hospital to take on the gruelling 50km GC50 Run Festival this Sunday, on behalf of Spinal Injuries Unit patient Terry Cokeley.
Erin said she wouldn’t have taken on such a huge challenge if it wasn’t for a good cause.
“I called my friends crazy for signing up, now I’m joining them!” she said.
“It started when I was helping Terry with breakfast one morning and saw his bedspace featured lots of photos of him running at events.
“We started to bond over our love of running and when the GC50 came up, Terry said this was the first time in 15 years he wasn’t able to take part due to his injury.
“I decided to sign up on behalf of Terry and his wife Alison.
“Word quickly got around and we ended up with a team of 23 members of the Running For Terry team – 15 hospital staff and seven friends.”
Terry suggested the funds raised from the team should go to Spinal Life Australia to assist others who have sustained spinal cord damage.
“I’m very nervous as I’ve never done a marathon this length, but Terry and Alison have been so encouraging,” Erin said.
“We’ve raised nearly $5,000 so far and it’s so lovely to see this amount of support for a such a deserving couple.
“Ask anyone who’s worked with Terry here – we’ve all got a soft spot for him!”
The GC50 Run Festival will take place on the Gold Coast on 8 December – click here to donate or for more info on Terry’s story.