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The Leukaemia Foundation thanks Andrew Cadigan who arrives back in Sydney after his "epic solo walk" around Australia

Publish Date: 14/6/2012

Andrew Cadigan embarked on a solo walking mission around Australia in December 2010, in memory of his friend Chris Simpson who died of complications relating to Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) that year.

Chris, or Simmo, was only 24 when he died and Andrew was determined to raise money specifically for research into MDS. So with one pram, two feet and a heartbeat he set off on an unassisted walk through Tasmania, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Cairns, Brisbane, and everywhere in between.

Andrew’s Oz on Foot campaign has raised almost $40,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation and is attributed to the many sponsors he met along the way. Video blogs, photos and further information on the walk can be found at www.ozonfoot.com 

“I hope the research you fund on MDS can help put one piece of the puzzle together, no matter how small. Even if it’s a piece of the border in a 5000 piece puzzle – eventually it will be complete but it’s one piece at a time,” said Andrew.

“On behalf of the Leukaemia Foundation and the patients and families we support, I would like to thank Andrew for his strength and determination in raising money toward promising research which provides hope to all people affected by blood cancer. Treking on foot around this huge country for a great cause is truly inspiring,” said Chris McMillan, Leukaemia Foundation General Manager.

Andrew will be reunited with friends and family on Sydney Harbour Bridge today at 3.30pm and will have clocked over 15,300 km’s. Leukaemia Foundation staff will be forming a cheer squad to welcome him back and thank him for an amazing fundraising effort.

ENDS

For more information, media details, photo opportunities or interviews, please contact:
Lisa Champion
Marketing & Communications Manager
02 9902 2225
0478 300 507
lchampion@leukaemia.org.au

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