Last year marathon man Craig Goozee set out on the most ambitious challenge of his life when he travelled over 12,500km of rough Australian terrain in just 91 days. You know all about it, your support was part of his success!
Craig’s journey will appear nationally on ABC’s Travel Oz with documentary maker Greg Grainger. The program will air Monday 29th March at 6:00pm.
Craig was driven by one single goal – raise $1 million dollars to help save kids with cancer and prevent any child going through what his daughter Jessica did.
Inspired by the courage and determination of his eldest daughter Jessica who lost her battle with cancer in 1999 at the age of nine, Craig ran, cycled and kayaked during the 91-day journey, averaging distances of 150 kilometres per day. Craig maintains that it was nothing compared to what children with cancer have to face every day.
“Every time I had a tough day on the road I would just think about Jess and the courage she showed throughout her illness. That was all the motivation I needed to keep going,” said Craig
To date, Craig has raised an impressive $800,000 towards his $1 million target and five months after the event the tally continues to climb.
“We still have a bit more work to do to reach the final goal but I’m determined to make sure the effort has been worthwhile, and I am confident we will hit the million-dollar mark,” Craig said.
Dr Moira Clay from CCIA said the scientists at the Institute have been inspired and motivated by Craig’s efforts and confident the $1 million target can be reached.
“Since Craig completed his marathon our scientists have delivered important life saving research for children with cancer:
• potentially lifesaving diagnostic tests have been conducted for nearly 100 children with high risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia;
• CCIA started an Australia-first study to map genetic markers in childhood cancer survivors and;
• a new childhood cancer drug discovery centre has been established to find safer and more effective treatments,” Dr Clay said.
You can help Craig reach his target at www.a2b4c.com.au or by calling 1800 685 686.