HBF run honours Esperance hero

31 May, 2012 04:00 AM
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The distinctive Leg it for Leon t-shirts.
The distinctive Leg it for Leon t-shirts.

THE HBF Run For A Reason was a wash of green and gold last Sunday, in support for Esperance cancer victim Leon Stone, who lost his battle with the disease two weeks ago.

This time last year, 21-year-old Mr Stone was training for the HBF event, when he noticed what he thought were shin splints.

Unfortunately the pain later turned out to be diagnosed as cancer.

Rather than let it his battle slow him down, Mr Stone encouraged family and friends to get involved and run in the 2012 HBF Run For A Reason.

Mr Stone also encouraged those involved to purchase a green and gold T-shirt or singlet, to help raise money for the Steps Against Sarcoma charity.

In a show of support more than 1000 green and gold shirts were sold, with hundreds of supporters wearing them on the day.

As well as the Perth event, the family organised a local version in Esperance, which was equally as successful.

With people flying down to Esperance for the event, companies such as Skywest offered discounted tickets.

Perth residents Steve and Laura Arscott, who ran in the Perth event, were family friends of the Stone family and said the support for both races was overwhelming.

"The run was tough but definitely for a great cause," Mr Arscott said.

"We are both really proud to have been involved."

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