Our Business Development Manager in Victoria, Jaz Obradovic, has truly gone the distance this September for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, running an ultra-marathon in one day to raise vital funds for men impacted by the disease.
On Thursday 22nd of September, Jaz ran 72km (yes, you read that right) from Maribyrnong to Brighton in Victoria, and back again, in just eight hours and 16minutes. This performance was part of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia’s Long Run campaign. The Long Run encourages people to run, walk, or wheel 72km throughout the month of September to raise awareness and funds for the 66 Australian men diagnosed with prostate cancer every day.
“When I heard that prostate cancer was now the leading cause of prostate cancer in Australia – and just how many men are diagnosed each year, I wanted to do something to give back,” he said.
“Honestly, it was the most difficult challenge I have ever done in my entire life, but every time I felt fatigued, I thought about prostate cancer and how every step helps save lives. This motivated me right until the finish line. It was a very special experience for me and I’m so thankful for the support from my community.”
Across Australia, over 24,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, and around 3,500 men die from the disease each year. PCFA CEO Anne Savage commended Jaz on his tremendous efforts to make prostate cancer history. “This September through The Long Run, thousands of Australians like Jaz have helped raise over$1.2 million for vital research, awareness and support services,” Ms Savage said.
Please read the PCFA blog for more information and additional comments by Ms Savage: https://www.pcfa.org.au/news-media/news/melbourne-local-runs-ultra-marathon-to-make-prostate-cancer-history/
We are extremely proud of Jaz who has raised over $1,600 for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia to date. If you would like to support his efforts, you can donate at www.thelongrun.org.au/fundraisers/jazobradovic.