“A little over a year ago, my mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Although the news was devastating to hear, the strength, optimism, courage and determination of this person to continue the fight against cancer which I've witnessed has been inspiring to say the least,” said passionate Bowel Cancer Australia supporter Patrick.

Following his mum’s bowel cancer diagnosis, Patrick wanted to make a difference and support Bowel Cancer Australia.

“For those who are not aware, there is significant inequity in funding for cancer research in Australia, with bowel cancer receiving almost 50% less funding than breast cancer and no funding for Bowel Cancer Nurse Specialists, compared to $52m for Breast Cancer Nurse Specialists each year.”

“Despite this, we can make a difference by supporting the work which Bowel Cancer Australia are doing to improve treatment processes and knowledge about bowel cancer in Australia. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and each and every one will contribute to improving treatment for those effected by bowel cancer,” Patrick added.

An ambitious goal, Patrick had planned to run a series of ultra-marathons with a target of running the 97km Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. His aim was to complete the entire length of the track in 3 days, a task which typically takes 9 to 12 days.

But due to COVID 19, Patrick’s plans had to be cancelled but that did not stop him. Instead of Kokoda he changed his route and chose to run from Sydney to Newcastle via the 'Great North Walk', which is a 250km hiking trail that passes through some very challenging terrain with over 8,000m of vertical ascent. Fundraising more than $6,000 for Bowel Cancer Australian in the process.

“Although COVID has taken my original plan of running the Kokoda Track off the table for now, the chance to raise funds for the great cause is not yet lost.”

“My new plan was made on the basis of doing something which is almost COVID proof, giving me a goal to work toward no matter the situation with COVID,” said Patrick. 

Running from Circular Quay in Sydney all the way to Queens Wharf in Newcastle, Patricks marathon efforts was equivalent to running six full marathons in four days.

“I'm sacrificing my legs, feet and a few toenails in the process so please be generous and donate to the amazing work of Bowel Cancer Australia,” Patrick added.

What an amazing effort Patrick, thanks so much for your support.

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If you were inspired by Patrick's story and would like to take part in a sporting challenge as a fun way to raise awareness and much needed funds for Bowel Cancer Australia, get in touch through our webform.