Earlier this year, Queens Park resident and cancer survivor Blake Ashworth received some heart-breaking news.
After fighting off 11 cancer diagnoses over the past decade, Mr Ashworth was recently diagnosed for the 12th time.
Sitting on an “11-0 unbeaten record”, 10 of his 11 cancers have been in his brain.
Rather than dwell on it, Mr Ashworth took it upon himself to raise funds for cancer research.
He has already raised more than $13,800 for The March Charge, the Cancer Council’s month-long fitness challenge.
Mr Ashworth is close to completing his goal of walking 120 kilometres in one month, with all funds going to the organisation.
His family and friends are all doing their bit to raise funds, and run/walk as much as possible.
“It’s a big challenge for me, as my body does not perform like it used to after all the chemotherapy, radiation, scans, and drugs it has endured over the past decade,” he said.
“Unfortunately, it is getting harder for my body to do some of the things it wants to do.
“I really hope that my suffering and fighting – through treatment after treatment – was for a reason.
“I want to not only help people with cancer, but help the people of the future whose lives are going to be turned upside down.
“Please throw some change our way to help us fight against cancer…between us, we will all create a better future for those with cancer.”
The Cancer Council recently celebrated ‘Blake Day’, in honour of Mr Ashworth’s extraordinary fundraising efforts.