Mel and Ben Lockerbie were making the finishing touches to their "perfect life".
They had just welcomed their second daughter to the world and were excited about family life at their home in Perth's south.
But all plans were halted abruptly when Mr Lockerbie was diagnosed with an inoperable astrocytoma brain tumour and his chances of survival were slim.
As their daughter Khloe approached her second birthday, her family, which should have been planning a celebration, instead clung to their final days together.
"We had a beautiful home and a beautiful family, our second daughter arrived - it just threw us into turmoil," Mrs Lockerbie said.
On January 31, Mr Lockerbie, 36, died at his Samson home.
In a bid to help the researchers who tried to save his life and families affected by brain cancer, Mrs Lockerbie is raising money for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. On May 25, she will run the 12km leg in the HBF Run for a Reason in her team The Benditos.
"I have to push home I'm 32 and I'm a widow," she said. "Nobody expects that. I'm hoping our story can make a difference."
Register at www.hbfrun.com.au