NYC Marathon - Emerson’s Challenge 2019

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Emerson’s Challenge 2019. New York Marathon!!

Having my Melanoma diagnosis in April and enduring the radiation therapy for 6 weeks meant I had to withdraw from Team Emerson in the SMH 1/2 Marathon. I was completely gutted. Firstly, that I was having to deal with the Melanoma which had appeared due to my “years” in the sun.
Secondly, the radiation therapy which consumed weeks of daily treatment sessions as well as the subsequent side effects of decreased taste, tiredness, mouth ulcers and a bloody sore upper lip.

And lastly, I was disappointed as running in the 1/2 Marathon is my way of honoring our precious Emmie and allowing others to share in our memory of her. 
An opportunity arose as I was completing my radiation treatment- which I couldn’t resist... the 2019 New York Marathon!
So with my immune system and fitness levels at an all time low ... Emerson’s Challenge 2019 begun. 
I had 20 weeks to go from struggling and puffing to reach the top of a staircase to running 42km in the New York City Marathon. 

I now have only 3 weeks till race day and am clocking up some serious weekly mileage feeling stronger,  fitness improving, and remaining injury free. 
It’s been super tough particularly on those frosty early morning runs with my upper lip stinging as the nerve endings were returning. But, I’m determined. 

We talk about Emerson and keep her in our hearts. She is a constant reminder for us to live our best life and stay true to our emotions. 

While I am choosing to support and raise funds for RFPB  as it draws me closer to Emerson I am forever in debt  and am inspired by the work of the Melanoma Institute Australia. I encourage you to check your own skin but to also get your skin checked because this Australian sun is so awesome but so damaging too. 
The more people that know about Melanoma Institute Australia, and RFPB the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. 
By supporting me you will be helping to raise funds to buy life-saving equipment and fund ground breaking Research and although we can’t help Emmie we can give critically ill and premature babies a better chance of survival. 
Thank you in advance for your generosity, it really does means so much. 

Thank you to my Sponsors


Aj Owens


Skope Constructions


Pauline Johnston

Best wishes, Jane


Sal Pratt

Good luck Jane, so proud to call you all my friends. Emmie will be there right with you. Good luck, I wish I could be there to cheer you in.


Gemma Dooley

Good luck Jane! Awesome and inspiring effort.


Sophie Hlubucek

Inspiring story Jane - all the best for the marathon.


Natalie Cooper


Lisa Hammond

You continue to inspire Wilo. Lots of love xxx


Sally Baker


Bron Daws

Best of luck for tomorrow, Wilso. You're bloody amazing!


Mark, Lou & Xavi

Well done, Jane. Huge effort!


Vesma Sutherland

What an amazing achievement!


Charlie Harwood

Go Jane! You know I think you’re awesome xx


Giselle & Simon Gerber

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Enjoy the run!


Tina Clark

You are amazing Jane! Have a fab time in NYC. We will be cheering you on from here. Love Gigi, Sabine, Tina and Rob. Xx


Catherine Wilson

So proud of you, you're so strong. Emmie will be with you ❤❤❤. Love Kitty and Ant xx


Claire Alidenes

Good luck Jane The way you live life to the max is inspirational!



Inspiring me since 1998 and continuing to inspire me today. Congratulation Wilso !


Maria Halkidis

Go Jane! You’re going to smash this. Enjoy!


Grant Lovett

Have a great time and enjoy every mile


Dan, Kim, Bronte & Belle X

Go are amazing! X


Jane Saldanha

My friend jane... You beautiful human and wonderful soul. My love and support with you always xox you are my inspiration. Run Forrest😍😘🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️


Jo Anderson


Kathy Hickey

Jane you are such an inspiration! Turning such heartache into something positive that will help others, what a huge achievement 💕


Chantal Young

You're a legend Jane, inspiring.


Jane Ainsworth

Well done Wilb. You are an inspiration. Sending lots of love to you from Us xxxx


Renee Read

Proud of you x


Jane Wilson


Christine Atkins

Good luck Jane!


Jo Branscombe

Go well Jane! Two great causes and such an inspiring journey you are on.


Eilis Fitzpatrick

You are an inspiration Jane xx


Amy Cameron

You are AMAZING and should be so proud of yourself!!! Good luck xx


Adrien Meredith

Jane, Wishing you all the best in NYC. Have a fantastic race. Adrien, Campbell and Angus


Alice Peel

What an incredible achievement and what an Inspiring challenge too!! Go you good thing!


Joe Hart

Well done on facing your obstacles head on and at the same time raising money for such a wonderful cause.


Scout & Jem

We think you are pawsome.. go Willow


Justine Stynes

Go Jane. We love you. Amy and Ted.


Liz Grellman

Awesome effort Jane, so inspiring!


Jacinta Jacobs

You are going to love that event, it is so much fun! Emerson will be with you all the way. X J