Marina Grinham

International Women's Day Fun Run, presented by National Storage

I’m part of the International Women’s Day Fun Run!

I'm raising funds to support women with breast cancer now and into the future. 

“I am so sorry you have breast cancer”. 

These are the words I heard in November 2020, shattering not just my world but my family’s too. Suddenly our lives became a whirlwind of medical appointments and procedures before finding myself in a chemo chair a mere couple of weeks later wondering if this was really happening.

I am a patient at the Mater.  I will be eternally grateful to my amazing surgeon Dr Emma Clarkson who carefully selected a team of specialists to guide me through 5 and a half months of chemotherapy,  2 surgeries and radiation, with such care and empathy.  Ash Mondolo, a breast care nurse at the Mater, is my hero.  She would magically appear when I needed her most, held my hand and made me laugh through the tears. 

I am walking 5km on March 12th with my family and friends to fundraise for the Chicks in Pink and Mater Foundation.  A charity very close to my heart. I feel privileged to be able to pay it back for the support the Chicks in Pink gave me during treatment. Together we can ease a little of the trauma breast cancer patients experience by gifting them a counselling session or mastectomy bra. As a recipient I know how powerful these small gestures are. 
The Mater Foundation continues to work tirelessly towards finding a cure towards cancer. Every donation helps get a step closer to this. 

Whilst my active treatment finished in 2021, I am still on the road to recovery. The scars -physical, mental and emotional are fading.  I have regular check ups, medication, annual scans and a reconstruction to plan. 

Breast cancer does not discriminate and can happen to anyone’s wife, mum, sister, daughter and grandmother. It also happens to men.  It affects your family and friends. It changes lives. 

Marina 💕
  • Thanks to your support, Marina Grinham has raised enough for 22.5 hours of research lab time.

Thank you to my Sponsors


David Tewksbury


Julie Stainton

Your husband John (my colleague at QIC) shared your message and applaud you for your strength and courage getting through this and supporting such a wonderful charity. Good on you x


Simon Friedrichs

Good luck Team Grinham.. You guys are troopers. Cheers, Sim


Genevieve Mullins


The Macmillans

Good luck Marina and to all your team. Enjoy the experience! X


Hilary Luck

Go Marina!! You’re amazing. Xx


The Vincents


Joe Hampson



Go get em guys.


Fiona Fox

Sadly its a journey that touches everyone in some way at some point Marina 💗 stay strong and go well




Catherine Carmody


Melissa Alexander


Kate Hart

Wonderful that you're taking part in this fundraising walk! All the best in reaching your target.


Tiffany Kemp


Chantelle Bracken-suazo


Petre Andreevski


Phil Grinham

Good Luck!! Love Phil.


Kerrie Brown

Hi Marina, we haven't met, but I work closely with John on Robina Town Centre. You are lucky to have such a great support team around you during this time. You are so right in saying cancer does not discriminate and can happen to anyone, and I admire your strength that you are able to take on this challenge to continue, not only draw awareness, but hopefully find that blessed cure. Take care, get well rested for the Chicks in Pink walk on 12th March, and my thoughts will be with you all the way. Kind regards, Kerrie


Helen C

Dear Marina I am so happy to support you in this fundraising.




Georgia King

Thinking of you all. Yes cancer does not discriminate. Everyone knows of someone that has had cancer.


Sammi Sciberras


Ceri Jones

You have been such a strong person throughout your treatment and you are an inspiration to all around you. Your beautiful smile lights up my day. xx


Erin Rand


Leora Smiles

To my amazing, wonderful big sister. Wishing you a great Fun Run!


Rachel Payne


Heather Lynch


Kellie Wickland


Vanessa Kramer


Megan Read


Marina Grinham


Mat Smith


Caitlin Forgan-smith


Kerry And Greia Phillips

Glad to be supporting this amazing event.


Katie Gold


Trudy Jewers

From one mum to another! Love to you all x


Plawecki Family

Marina, I hope you smash your fundraising target like you did your cancer diagnosis! Enjoy the 'Pink Women's Day fun run' with your family.


Brian Turner