Have Bear Will Run is a registered Australian Charity with the sole purpose of providing Scholarships that will enhance education for students who battle serious illness and wish to pursue tertiary or further education.
THE BEAR IS BORN
A number of years ago while working at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead, I set myself a mission to help cancer surviving students chase their education dreams. It all started by running a marathon in every state and territory of Australia with the Bandaged Bear strapped to my back!
THE LUCIAN PAGE SCHOLARSHIP
Since then, the Bear and I have taken on adventures all over the globe in a bid to raise money for the Lucian Page Scholarship. This important scholarship has been set up to honour the memory of a little warrior friend who lost his battle to cancer. Lucian was an amazing boy who brightened the life of every person he came in contact with. He had a passion for all things lego and was obsessed with Garbage trucks! He was a bundle of energy and every moment spent with him was full of life.
With the money raised from these adventures, Lucian's Scholarship provides an opportunity for cancer surviving students to show that same zest for life and follow their dreams into tertiary education. In its 5th year now, previous recipients have gone on to follow their own dreams at University as Nurses, Zoologists, and Biomedical Engineers. With continued support and generous donations we have the potential to help many more warrior students..
This is something I am very proud of. Not because it has anything to do with me but because Lucian deserves to have a legacy and have his name live on. He is worth every adventurous effort and every single donation. But not only that, we all deserve the right to follow our dreams and having cancer will certainly not stop these kids from chasing theirs!