Annabel gets her running shoes on to join fight against cancer

Seven-year-old Annabel Johnston will run for a kilometer daily for a month to raise funds. Pic: Supplied

Seven-year-old Annabel Johnston will run for a kilometer daily for a month to raise funds. Pic: Supplied

After Annabel Johnston's aunt became terminally ill with cancer, the seven-year-old wanted to help other patients.

The Murrumbateman girl is running a kilometre every day for a month, since March 20, to reach out and raise funds.

"I wanted to do something to help Albury Wodonga Cancer Centre [where her aunt in in palliative care] and raise funds for other cancer hospitals to help them," Annabel said.

Annabel's mother Louise Thompson has highlighted the importance to having a regional service for cancer patients. Photo: Supplied

Annabel's mother Louise Thompson has highlighted the importance to having a regional service for cancer patients. Photo: Supplied

Annabel is very close to her aunt, Nyra Clark, who has shown her the importance of "fun, being positive and family".

"Her aunt is terminally ill and has couple of weeks to live," said Annabel's mother, Louise Johnston. "She is in [regional town] Albury and is one of the lucky few who do not have to travel to a major city for treatment.

"My daughter is very close to her aunt and wanted to do something so that others could also get that treatment and not have to leave their family. That's her way of trying to get a positive out of a negative."

Annabel Johnston with her aunt Nyra Clark. Photo: Supplied

Annabel Johnston with her aunt Nyra Clark. Photo: Supplied

Ms Johnston said her grandmother was 97 years old, and if her aunt (her grandmother's daughter) had to travel to a big city for treatment, "she would never have been able to see her".

"Living in a regional town, we know what it means [to the family] to have such a facility in town," she said.

The community had been supportive of Annabel's initiative, Ms Johnston said.

Her aunt has lymphoma and has been advised she has no further treatment options for a brain tumour.

Annabel has raised over $1,300 so far. Photo: Supplied

Annabel has raised over $1,300 so far. Photo: Supplied

She is in palliative care in Albury, where she has lived for most of her life.

Annabel has raised $1320 so far, which is already past the set goal, and has set up a GoFundMe page.

"She started with a $100 goal and it keeps growing, so we are already past our goal at the moment," Ms Johnston said.

"We will raise as much money as we can and then donate it to the Albury Wondonga Cancer Centre on April 21."