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McDowall local running towards a cancer free future

David Houslip, Rebecca Blower, Stephen Morgan and Andy Gordon will participate in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon with Team CCQ in support of Cancer Council Queensland.

Courtesy of Cancer Council Queensland

One in two Queenslanders will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime – a statistic one McDowall local is determined to change by taking part in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon

David Houslip will take part in the ASICS Half Marathon on Sunday 2 July and run to raise funds and awareness for Cancer Council Queensland.

Mr Houslip said he looked forward to lacing up with Team CCQ for the cause.

“I took part last year and have been running a variety of distances between five and fifteen kilometres to train,” he said.

“I encourage other locals to take part in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon as part of Team CCQ – together we can make a true difference to the lives of Queenslanders affected by cancer.”

Team CCQ is a fitness team founded as part of Cancer Council’s Get Moving campaign – an initiative encouraging runners, gym-goers and fitness enthusiasts across Queensland to lace up their joggers for the cause.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan said those who take part in the 39th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon with Team CCQ give hope to Queenslanders touched by cancer.

“At least one third of all cancers are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices including being active and maintaining a healthy weight,” Ms McMillan said.

“By joining the Team CCQ community at the 2017 Gold Coast Airport Marathon, you can be confident you’re making a difference to Queenslanders affected by cancer, and improving your personal health at the same time.

“All funds raised by Team CCQ participants are invested in vital cancer research, patient support services and prevention programs statewide.”

Becoming a member of Team CCQ gives Queenslanders access to free nutritional information, recipes and active advice, discounted entry to selected events, prizes, and access to a personal fundraising advisor.

Queenslanders can sign up to Team CCQ for free at

Those who join Team CCQ at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, held 1 – 2 July, will get active with around 27,000 participants of all ages and abilities.

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

For more information on the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, or to enter, visit and select Cancer Council Queensland as your charity of choice.

For more about Cancer Council Queensland visit or call 13 11 20 for information and support.

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