In April 1985 at the age of 23, I was involved in a motorbike accident that left me with horrific leg injuries. I was told that I'd never be able to walk unaided again.
after 15 months of rehabilitation, determination and hard work, not only was I walking unaided but I took part in my first fun run with a specially designed shoe for that leg.
I continued life with my fragile injured leg for another 24 years until 2010 when I fell and broke my already damaged leg. After six months of having my leg in a cast it was evident that it was not healing so I made the difficult decision to have my right leg amputated below the knee.
It was a life changing decision and definitely not an easy one, but I couldn't live with the pain any longer. I was fitted for a prosthetic leg only a couple weeks after my surgery and after only a month of learning to walk with my prosthetic I started some gentle running on a treadmill.
Six months after the amputation I entered my first 5km fun run and since then I have walked the Kokoda Trail twice and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
Now I have my sights set on my next challenge which is to walk from Canberra to Melbourne in April 2019 to raise money for Limbs 4 Life and to raise awareness of amputation and limb differences. I have been a peer support volunteer with Limbs 4 Life for the past two years and it means a lot to me to help raise funds for Limbs 4 Life so that they can continue to do the fantastic work that they do supporting amputees and people with limb differences from all over Australia. Please donate to this very worthy cause or even join me for part of my walk. Thank you in advance for your support!
Canberra to Yass - Sunday, 28 April
Yass to Jugiong - Monday, 29 April
Jugiong to Gundagai - Tuesday, 30 April
Gundagai to Tarcutta - Wednesday, 1 May
Tarcutta to Kyemba - Thursday, 2 May
Kyemba to Holbrook - Friday, 23 May
Holbrook to Mullengandra - Saturday, 4 May
Mullengandra to Wodonga – Sunday 5 May
Wodonga to Chilten – Monday 6 May
Chilten to Wangaratta – Tuesday 7 May
Wangaratta to Benalla – Wednesday 8 May
Benalla to Euroa – Thursday 9 May
Euroa to Seymore – Friday 10 May
Seymore to Wandong – Saturday 11 May
Wandong to Melbourne – Sunday 12 May