He’s the bravest kid you will come across, at least according to his cousin Sharon Blakey.
Jackson Tasker, 10, struggled with an immune deficiency disorder and has been admitted to Wollongong children’s ward more than 50 times in his short life.
His battle, and that of other children with illnesses, has motivated Ms Blakey to participate in RUN Wollongong on Sunday.
‘‘He is a trooper, just as tough as nails.
‘‘If there’s a flu going around, he won’t get the flu, he’ll get pneumonia and then he’ll be in hospital for a week or two with an intravenous antibiotic,’’ she said.
The funds raised from the run will go towards redeveloping the Wollongong Hospital Children’s Ward and Illawarra Children’s Assessment Unit.
Ms Blakey said the whole children’s ward needed to be upgraded, especially the hospital school where Jack had spent time keeping up with his school work.
More than 1800 people are set to participate in the run, with $78,662 raised as of yesterday afternoon.
‘‘I have so much passion for this run and I really do hope Wollongong can come together and get the 3000 runners, walkers or rollers the event organisers are hoping for.
‘‘I have asked people to be my virtual runner but haven’t got any yet. My goal was to get virtual runners but I’ve still got none.’’
Run Wollongong has different options for participants, including a six-kilometre family walk, a six-kilometre run and a 12-kilometre run.
All competitors will start on Stewart Street with the long run starting at 7.30am, the six-kilometre run at 8.30am and the family walk at 8.45am.
For more information, visit the Run Wollongong website.