Meet our HBF Run for a Reason Ambassadors - Peter and Kirsten Symonds

Posted 9 May 2019.


Peter Symonds was diagnosed with throat cancer (squamous cell carcinoma on his tonsil) in 2015, and soon after was diagnosed with a second unrelated cancer in his pancreas. Unfortunately, for Peter both cancers spread to different parts of his body and now are in his liver, lymph system and bones. After countless doses of radiation and chemo, as well as surgery and radioactive injections, last year Peter's doctors told him his cancer has no known cure.

But Peter still has hope, and is not giving up - he's been participating in treatment that is used in clinical trials, that have been keeping him alive and have enabled him to spend more time with his six kids and wife Kirsten. For the past 3 years, often whilst very sick, Peter has done the HBF Run to raise money for us for the last 3 years - to date the family have raised more than $30,000 to help fund our research and support services to help WA families like his.

Peter's a great believer in the power of hope. He hopes by spreading the word about the work we do that we can raise enough money to find the answers we need to save more lives and give families like his more time.

In 2017, not long after Kirsten's father died from complications with Multiple Myeloma (Blood Cancer) she began suffering chronic dizziness and vertigo. After various specialist appointments during the next few months her GP referred for a MRI. It was on the same day that Peter underwent surgery to remove cancerous lymph nodes in 2018 that Kirsten received the news that she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Kirsten underwent surveillance scans of her tumour and was told the tumour is usually very slow growing but is located in an area that is surgically too risky to remove. Luckily, her previous scans have shown minimal growth.

Kirsten and Peter participated in the HBF Run for a Reason in 2018. Peter completed the half marathon while Kirsten and their two kids (Amy and Lee) completed the 12km.

This year Kirsten and Peter will be completing the 21 kms together, Lee and Amy will be completing the 12kms and Peters' two other children Kelly and Ryan will be running the 4kms. You can show your support for the Symonds family by donating to their fundraising page here. 

Found in:  News - 2019 | View all news