An Albury woman who lost her best friend to brain cancer is behind the first Border RunWalk4BrainCancer.
Sheila Smith isn't new to raising money for a good cause after she rode her bike from Rutherglen to Sydney in 2015, the year her friend Tessa Calder was diagnosed.
But she decided it was time to have an event at home and raise $10,000 for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.
"This is really special to me and means the world to start an event for brain cancer here in Albury where Tessa was studying medicine," Ms Smith said.
"I have done some walks for brain cancer up in Sydney where Tessa was from and actually pushed her in a wheelchair during one but there has never been one here in Albury.
"Tessa died less than two years after being diagnosed and the five year survival rates of people with brain cancer aren't great.
"So the more money we raise the closer we will be to a cure, it is all for Tessa."
Tessa was just 22 when she died.
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"Sadly Tessa's story is not uncommon," Ms Smith said.
"For many years brain cancer has been a forgotten cancer despite killing more children than any other disease and more Australians under 40 than any other cancer.
"Tessa and I lived in college in Sydney together, however, it was when we both moved to Albury in 2014 that we became really great friends.
"She was studying her third year medicine at the Rural UNSW Clinic and I was starting out as a physiotherapist."
Ms Smith said the inaugural event hopes to "tap into a whole new community".
"Until I did the bike ride I never knew there was such a community that were willing to help out with fundraising for brain cancer," she said.
"I think this event is something everyone can do and is going to be a nice community event where so many local businesses have got on board with donations and prizes."
The Albury RunWalk4BrainCancer is a 5km event which will be held on October 20 starting from the grass area across from the Albury Swim Centre.
Registrations can be made online via the Facebook page.
"Anyone can do it and it will be a nice day to get out and be active during spring along the Murray River," Ms Smith said.
"If any other business wants to be involved they can contact me via my email firstname.lastname@example.org."
All money raised will be donated to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.
Entry is $30 per person and $90 for two adults and two children.
For more information visit the Albury RunWalk4BrainCancer Facebook page.