Brave steps forward

Brave steps forward

Walking the city will inspire

When Sydney sisters Emma and Sam Hodge set-off at the back of the pack to walk Sunday’s City2Surf, every stride will be a defiant step towards beating brain cancer.

Three short months ago, Sam was planning her wedding in the house she had recently bought with fiancé Aaron Jones, but her future dreams were shattered when, following a a seizure, the 28-year-old was diagnosed with brain cancer.

She endured an eight hour operation and is now dealing with the devastating news that she may have only five years to live.

But Sam refuses to take the diagnosis lying down and will walk the City2Surf to help raise funds for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

Behind this extraordinary effort is devoted younger sister Emma, who has rallied 30 family, friends and strangers to support her courageous sibling, and help reach their fundraising target of $10,000.

Emma is a keen walker who incorporates the exercise into her commute from the northern beaches to the city every day, and walks to client meetings from Nylon Studios in Redfern, where she is a producer. Like most of those who are walking as part of Support Sammy Hodge, she is entering the iconic event for the first time.

“Knowing you can raise money and awareness for charity while taking part in a 14 kilometre walk through this great city is physically and emotionally inspiring for us all,” said 26-year-old Emma on her morning walk through Prince Alfred Park.

“Because walking is something people of all ages and fitness levels can do, it means that anyone can join us. Walking the City2Surf and raising money for this worthy cause was a great way to get everyone involved in the journey.”

Emma says she’s ready for the big day on 9 August, but expects the walk to be challenging in many ways.

“It’s going to be a very emotional experience walking beside Sam and it will be a big thing for Sam to have achieved.

“She is fit and healthy, but this is going to be as much an emotional journey as a physical one. I am so proud of her. It has been amazing how people have rallied around to support her – friends, family and people who hardly know her have stepped up in so many ways.

“I think people’s perception is that when you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you can’t physically walk, but she is an example of someone who can do anything, including walking the City2Surf.”

Limbering up for the big race 

Last updated: Friday, 31 July 2015