Melissa McFadden

Sun Up Challenge 2021

Support my Sun Up Challenge for families of children with cancer.

When a family is told their child has cancer, what they hear is “your child might die”. Every day in Australia, three families hear those words. Not every child will die, but every family who faces childhood cancer is changed forever. Cancer puts families under enormous pressure. It can feel like it’s impossible to hold it together.

That’s why I’m setting my alarm to join Redkite for the Sun Up Challenge – to help provide emotional and practical support to families facing childhood cancer.

I’ll be taking action by running, walking and rolling every morning at sun up this September, to raise money that will help families pay the bills, access emotional support, and more. From day one in the hospital and for as long as it takes, your help ensures that families don’t have to face their child’s cancer diagnosis alone.

Please support me by making a tax-deductible donation to my challenge. Your generosity will make sure that Redkite can provide even more families facing childhood cancer practical and emotional support and care.

My Achievements

I've uploaded a profile pic

I've shared my page

I made a self donation

I joined a team

Logged my first activity

Reached 50% of my fitness goal

Reached 100% of my fitness goal

Reached 100% of my fundraising goal

My Updates

Sun s out guns out

Tuesday 3rd Aug
I've decided to blog about this challenge mainly because I'm challenging myself through this to put my self out there more and let other people see the cool stuff I get up to .
Another reason is I'm such a lone wolf in many areas and as of late I have lost my other lone wolf that used to kind of make us a pack and the loss has been tremendous and gut wrenching .
I was an avid runner and really was proud of my achievements as after I left a dv relationship  I couldn't run more than 200 metres and was smoking and carrying an extra 15 kilos .
I always wanted to be a runner not like a professional athlete but to be honest I get distracted by bright shiny things often and consistency wasn't something used to describe me I am very spirited and totally beat to my own tune 99 percent of the time .
I was however blessed with a good friend who loved running and exercise and could see this was important to me and spent endless mornings almost tricking me into learning to run through incorporating it into our circuit training .
She promised me I'd be able to run 5 km and I believed her and that I did I ran 5km and got hooked. 
I shared my love of running with my other best friend who was also 15 kilos heavier , smoking and he went next level and was running 10 km to my 5 km 
This really motivated me on those days when I didn't want to run to run and we would always send our times to each other and it was awesome .

I lost them this year tragically and my running has been totally sidelined due to grief and as we all know it can present in so many  different ways .
I really want to do this challenge as although I'm not a mother I have really known grief and loosing people where I have felt so powerless and  I wanted to do something I could really give back to families .

Thank you to my Sponsors


Melissa Mcfadden


Robyn Khann

Hi Mel, You have the strength to get this done. Go girl and keep on going. Hugs from here Robyn