The 8 year old who ran for hope

26 January 2018 | Photo StoryGiving & Philanthropy 

Among the 10,000 participants at Run for Hope on 21 January was Calihashim (centre), an eight year old whose mother (on his left) is battling multiple cancers. Photo: Run for Hope

Close to 10,000 people, including national athletes and cancer survivors, joined Run For Hope on Sunday to raise awareness for cancer and raise funds for National Cancer Centre Research Fund.

One of them was Calihashim Arrauuf Bahtiar, who ran the 3.5km category, to support his mother Ms Wan Petom. She was diagnosed with cancer that has spread to multiple organs in 2016.

This year, Run For Hope celebrated its 25th anniversary as Singapore's largest run for cancer awareness and research.

Co-organised by Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel and the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) since 2008, Run For Hope has raised close to $1.5 million in nett proceeds.

This year's run was graced by Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Health, Communications and Information, who flagged off the 10km category at Singapore Sports Hub OCBC Square. Joining in were Team Singapore athletes as well as celebrity Paul Foster, filmmaker Daniel Yun and YouTube star Eden Ang.

Cali, 8 years old, finished the run.
His mother Wan, waited proudly for him at the finishing line. Photo: NCCS Facebook

The route took runners from Singapore Sports Hub, OCBC Square through Kallang Bay area, Marina Barrage and Gardens by the Bay. Photo: NCCS Facebook

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