FIT AND READY: Karen Gilchrist and Sonya Carr and set to tackle a 210km run over five days to raise money cancer research.
FIT AND READY: Karen Gilchrist and Sonya Carr and set to tackle a 210km run over five days to raise money cancer research. Erin Smith

Early detection of breast cancer kept Sonya Carr alive

THIRTEEN years ago Sonya Carr found a lump in her breast.

Fortunately the 41 year old decided to have a mammogram.

"The mammogram found cancer in the breast opposite to the lump I'd found," she said. "It was quite large and I was lucky to catch it early.

"If we didn't discover it then, I wouldn't be here today."

Shortly afterwards Ms Carr's mother was also diagnosed with breast cancer, along with her aunt.

The sisters didn't detect the cancer early enough and sadly, only a few years later, passed away.

With the motivation of survival behind her, Ms Carr wants to run for life.

In a couple of months, she and her friend Karen Gilchrist will run the inaugural Warwick to Gold Coast Pentath 200km Charity Run.

Ms Carr will be running for breast cancer and Mrs Gilchrist will raise money for prostate cancer.

"I have a few male friends who have had prostate cancer," Mrs Gilchrist said.

"It is the male equivalent of breast cancer so we thought it would be good to represent both on the run."

And while the pair comes across as long-time friends, they only met recently while working together on the organising committee of the Warwick Pentath-run.

Mrs Gilchrist said it was Ms Carr who inspired her to take on the challenge.

"She said to me that she was going to run to the Gold Coast and I said 'well, I'll run with you then'," she said.

It is not the first time Ms Gilchrist has competed in an endurance event like this either.

"I have done the Endeavour 500km before, but not for a few years," she said.

"So this will be a good challenge."

The run will kick off on August 5, from the roundabout on McEvoy St, Warwick.

Ms Carr is hoping to raise $5000 for the cause.

"I'm not just seeking sponsorship, I'm running raffles and other events," she said.

If you would like to help out, Ms Carr and Mrs Gilchrist will be selling raffle tickets and seeking pledges at Rose City Shoppingworld on Saturday, June 8, and Friday, July 12 and August 2.

They will also be at the Killarney Co-op on Saturday, June 22, and Friday, July 5.

Or you can drop by the Daily News office and leave a donation in the box provided.

Five days, 210km

  •  Day 1: Warwick to Spring Creek - 52km
  •  Day 2: Spring Creek to Boonah - 51km
  •  Day 3: Boonah to Beaudesert - 39km
  •  Day 4: Beaudesert to Canungra - 33km
  •  Day 5: Canungra to Southport - 35km


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