Renae Wauhop never got to meet her grandmother, who lost her battle with breast cancer before she was born.
The model's life was again touched by cancer when a close friend was diagnosed with spinal cancer.
To support a cause that is very close to her heart, she will run in this year's HBF Run for a Reason to help the Cancer Council WA hit its fundraising target of more than $250,000.
"Cancer doesn't discriminate," Wauhop said.
"My dad's mum died early and one of my best friends is just getting over cancer as well and he's only 30.
"It's everywhere and I think everyone's had someone in their life affected by it."
Wauhop, who teaches more than 15 classes a week as a boxing trainer at the Hurt Locker in Claremont, said it would be her first major fun run and she was hoping to sign up some workmates to join her.
This year's run on May 26 will start in the heart of the CBD and finish at Gloucester Park after the event outgrew its old course.
Both the 4km and 12km courses will start on William Street, near the Hay Street mall.
Organisers have set this year's fundraising target at $1 million.Registrations are open at www.hbfrun.com.au .
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