Two young Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) supporters Blaise White and Zac Dodds will soon head off on the challenge of a lifetime to honor their beloved late grandfather ‘Bumpa‘.
Alex Dodds (Bumpa), 72, sadly passed away from cancer late last year and now the two 16 year-olds have decided to embark on a marathon walk to honor not only him but in their own words, “everyone who has lost a loved one or is suffering through this terrible disease.”
With the initial support of his mother Kerryn, Blaise White figured a great fundraising idea would be to organise a 400km marathon walk – starting at his current home in Drysdale Victoria through to the location of his previous home at Tocumwal just across the NSW border.
“Originally Blaise wanted to do the walk while Dad was still alive but the sickness came on too fast. A week after Dad died Blaise said he would continue with his idea and complete the walk,” said mum Kerryn.
Upon hearing of the idea, Blaise’s cousin Zac decided he would also like to take up the challenge, and the two boys will now complete the walk together. They plan to start their walk on 19 September.
“The boys adored their grandfather who was a very loveable, caring type of guy who would do anything for his kids. Dad arrived from Newcastle on Tyne in England 50 years ago. Blaise used to love watching the cricket with him where he would still barrack for the English cricket team,” said daughter Kerryn.
The two young fundraisers have the full support of their family and are undertaking all sorts of great fundraising events leading up to the trip to raise money.
White’s parents will be along on the trip to offer support.
Apart from the Australian Cancer Research Foundation the boys will also raise money for ‘The Andrew Love Centre’ (the Cancer ward at The Geelong Hospital).
Wishing you all the very best of luck for your challenge Blaise & Zac, and thank you (& your family) very much for your support!
Anyone wishing to support the two boys on their big adventure can contact Kerryn on 0407 743 376, visit the “Walk 4 a Cure” fundraising page or join the Alex Dodds Walk 4 A Cure Facebook Group.
If you would like more information on organising a fundraising event that raises money for the ACRF, click here.