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Daughter Runs Half Marathon For Mercy In Dad's Memory

Running the 2015 Auckland Half Marathon for Mercy Hospice was deeply personal for Melissa Redshaw. Her dad, Tony, died there in June 2014 the month after his Melanoma diagnosis.

Melissa shared her story on Facebook to support her marathon fundraising efforts.

"I had to really put my heart out there and tell people why this was important to me."

She was surprised to receive donations from people she hadn't spoken to in years. She believes it's because something in her story resonated.

Melissa's mum, Maureen, is also dedicated to supporting Mercy Hospice. Maureen volunteers at the Onehunga Mercy Hospice Shop. The desire to give back was sparked by their shared experience during Tom's illness and death.

"It all just happened so quickly we just didn't even have a chance to reconcile it in our minds. To know there is an organisation like Mercy who can just step in and make those final few days comfortable is invaluable! Nothing is ever too much trouble."

Melissa's first running event was the Sun Run - the Canadian equivalent of Round The Bays just two years ago. Next was the Scotia Half Marathon. Returning to live in New Zealand in 2015, she did the Auckland Half Marathon and joined a running club. She is excited to be running it again this year.

"I can't even describe that feeling you get when you cross the finish line and everyone is cheering for you. Why wouldn't you do it?"

You can join Melissa and run the Auckland Half or Full Marathon to support Mercy Hospice. Apply here for the Mercy Hospice Golden Charity Team, commit to raising a minimum amount and receive free entry and other benefits. Or enter and set up your own fundraising page here. For more information contact Rebecca Williams Ph: 376 7574.

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