In April 2017, I am walking 500,000 steps across Spain, travelling along "The Way of St James - The Camino de Santiago". This journey began as a means to honour a youthful promise my older brother Mike and I made to each other to one day share an amazing adventure together. Our destination was unimportant, our expectations were never defined .... but our determination to one day have our moment in time never waivered. Sadly my brother passed away 27 years ago and I lost a man who was not only my best friend and confidante - he was my hero and my champion.
So Mike ... our BIG adventure has finally begun - my hiking boots, bamboo socks, backpack and walking poles are ready and waiting. All that remains now is for this sadly aging body of mine to get whipped back into shape (believe me I am trying). I have wonderful walking buddies keeping me motivated and ensuring that I am ready - many kilometres are being walked every day (even on days when I would rather sit back with a glass of wine, a good book and just let the world go by).
I can almost see you rolling your eyes and sighing ... "What do you think you are doing, where on earth are you taking me and good heavens WHY do we have to walk! . Well big brother, as you said to me countless times .... "Just trust me". The well worn path of a million or more pilgrims awaits us .... now all I have to do is take that first step.
But this walk is far more than just my own personal journey ... I would like to dedicate these small steps of mine to the loved ones that I have lost to Cancer and especially to my friends and family who right now bravely fight their daily battles with this disease. You are all the true heroes - your immense courage, dignity, laughter and hopefulness inspire me. I am proud and honoured to call you my own.
Please join me in making each step count and raise further awareness and much needed funds for cancer research.