Gold Coast family running towards a cancer free future at marathon

Coombabah local Rachel Barnes will lace up and run the Gold Coast Airport Marathon this year with one simple goal – to honour her husband Shane who has neuroendocrine cancer.

Mr Barnes was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer in 2012 and is currently undergoing treatment in Brisbane.

Mrs Barnes has pledged to run the Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge with sons Hayden, 10, and Riley, 8, to raise vital funds for Cancer Council Queensland, the main beneficiary of the 2016 event, held July 2-3.


The youngest member of the Barnes family, Jake, 6, will join Mr Barnes at the finish line to cheer the family on.

The Barnes Family

The Barnes Family. PHOTO: Supplied by Cancer Council Queensland

Mrs Barnes said their family decided to take part in the marathon to help find a cure, so others don’t have to go through the same thing they have. “Research into new treatments is so important to our family,” Mrs Barnes said. “Shane has a rare cancer, so there isn’t a lot of trials to undertake or further options for treatment.

“Cancer Council Queensland has been really good to us and helped pay for us to stay in Brisbane. Taking part is our way to help raise funds for a cancer free future. We’ve received support from family, friends and people we barely know. It’s really nice – it restores your faith.”

Mrs Barnes encouraged others to get behind the 2016 event. “No one knows what is going to happen in the future. Cancer can affect anybody,” she said.

The Barnes family hope to raise $5,000 for Cancer Council Queensland. To support their fundraising efforts, visit

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said those who take part in the 38th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon give hope to Queenslanders touched by cancer.

“With your help, Cancer Council Queensland can continue to fund life-saving research and provide local support to loved ones affected by cancer,” she said. “More than 61,000 Australian lives have been saved by improvements in cancer prevention, screening and treatment over the past 20 years – we need your help in 2016 to change even more lives for the better.”

Visit to register today and select Cancer Council Queensland as your charity of choice.

Participants can take part in either the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon, Wheelchair 15km, Southern Cross University 10km Run, Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge or Zespri 4km and 2km Junior Dash.