Pictured: Cameron Jones with his mother Kerry after finishing the Melbourne Marathon in 2015
Running for his mother but also for a cure, Cameron Jones AKA ‘The Running Cam’ has run close to 2,000 kilometres and raised over $23,000 for the AADRF.
Cam began raising funds for dementia research in 2015 when he entered in the 42 kilometre Melbourne Marathon. To train for the event he ran roughly 1,200 kilometres and he hasn’t stopped running since.
The 6000 participants in the Melbourne Marathon entered for a variety of different reasons. Some participants ran for fitness, some ran for charity – Cam ran for his mum who was diagnosed with early onset frontotemporal dementia in late 2013.
“As a family, we are able to help mum navigate her way through this condition on a daily basis. But I struggled for a while to think of a way that I could make a larger impact on more people’s lives, something that could make a difference. The idea to raise funds for the field of dementia was a no brainer, but I specifically chose the AADRF because I want to help find a cure,” said Cam.
Cam finished the marathon at Melbourne Cricket Grounds with a time of 3 hours, 58 minutes and 27 seconds – 1 minute and 33 seconds inside of his goal of four hours. He said that seeing his mum and dad at the finish line was a very proud moment.
“I was quite emotional. Dad knew exactly what I had just put myself through, he himself running a 42 kilometre marathon in the 80’s when he was around my age. And seeing mum so excited was amazing and made it all worth it”, he said.
After raising $21,482 in 2015, Cam has ambitious plans to raise significant funds for the AADRF again in 2017 and has recently created a new Gofundraise page called ‘The Running Cam’ with the goal of running over 2000 kilometres this year. He plans to enter in several events and marathons throughout 2017 including the Great Ocean Road Marathon, the Melbourne Marathon and the Oxfam 100 kilometre Trailwalker, donating one dollar for every kilometre that he runs or walks.
“Until we can find a cure, I will continue to do whatever I can to raise funds and support those actively searching for one. I enjoy running, and combining that with a cause gives me added motivation and allows me to push my limits. The more people I talk to, and the more stories I hear, the more important it becomes to me,” he said.
“The further into the training I go, the more I understand that whilst it’s me that’s doing all this running, I couldn’t do any of it without the support of friends and family. It takes a team of people motivating and encouraging me to continue to get me to the race to begin with, and then across the line at the end.
“I would love if people could check out my Instagram, my YouTube channel and my Gofundraise page. If they donate to my page then that’s great and incredibly generous, but if all I do is motivate and inspire other to chase their goals or raise funds for a cause close to them, then I’ve had a win as well.”
Cam would like to thank those who contributed to his fundraising including St Marks Lodge, the Freemasons Public Charitable Foundation, the Grand Directors Society, Swords Society, and his Recar colleagues.