Little girl's inspiring battle for baby sister she never met

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·3-min read

Molly Bremner will embark on a massive running challenge next week in honour of her sister who died of brain cancer more than a year before she was born.

The 10-year-old, based in Victoria, has been training for months to run for five hours on February 27 in a giant effort to cover a distance of 625 kilometres with the help of her family and the community.

Beginning at 8am, Molly will run laps at the Moonee Valley Athletics Track in Moonee Ponds, north of Melbourne, to raise money for her sister Phoebe who died in October 2009.

Molly had originally planned to run from Melbourne to Canberra in her incredible effort to raise money for the Children's Cancer Institute, but had to change her plans due to coronavirus restrictions.

The primary school student decided on the ambitious plan after meeting a runner named Andre Jones who ran solo around Australia to raise money for four charities.

Molly Bremner will run for five hours to raise money in honour of her baby sister Phoebe, who died 11 years ago. Source: Facebook/Molly's Run For Phoebe
Molly Bremner will run for five hours to raise money in honour of her baby sister Phoebe, who died 11 years ago. Source: Facebook/Molly's Run For Phoebe

"She was one of his youngest supporters and said she wanted to do something like that for Phoebe," her mum Angela Bremner told Nine Honey.

Phoebe died at seven-months-old due to two conditions – she suffered a brain haemorrhage during labour which was treated with surgery and a shunt to drain fluid from her head.

Doctors suspicious over why she wasn't recovering later discovered she had also been suffering from grade four glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer in her brain.

Mrs Bremner said the growth didn't show up in ultrasounds during her pregnancy, and only presented as "a little dot" on a scan after she was born.

Despite having never known her sister, Molly always tells people she has two sisters – Phoebe, and her older sister Lucy, 13.

Phoebe died in 2009 at just seven months old due to brain cancer. Source: Facebook/Molly's Run For Phoebe
Phoebe died in 2009 at just seven-months-old due to brain cancer. Source: Facebook/Molly's Run For Phoebe

Molly's preparation for her run has been documented in her Facebook page Molly's Run for Phoebe, where she regularly updates her supporters on the amazing distances she has been covering.

On the eleventh anniversary of Phoebe's death, Molly expressed why she felt so strongly about her cause.

"Eleven years ago today my sister Phoebe passed away from brain cancer. She was only seven-months-old. Although I never met her, I love her very much," she wrote in a post to her page.

"Brain cancer kills more children than any other disease and if I can make even the smallest difference to stop anyone else from losing a loved one it is worth it."

Anyone wishing to support Molly's efforts in raising money for the Children's Cancer Institute can donate here.

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