Couple cycle and paint across Australia for brain cancer
CYCLING and painting across the country to raise awareness and money for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, intrepid husband and wife team Steve Goble and Miranda Free will stop in Grafton tomorrow.
Since leaving Perth in November last year, Mr Goble has cycled more than 9000km, while Ms Free has produced more than 80 works of art in a variety of media, documenting the landscape of their journey.
Their fundraising was inspired when their son-in-law was diagnosed with a brain tumour four years ago. He survived, but only one in five survives for five years from the diagnosis of the disease responsible for more children's deaths than any other disease in Australia.
The pair aims to raise $50,000 by the time they circumnavigate Australia. They have travelled through Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria, and are heading up the NSW coast.
Cure Brain Cancer Foundation chief executive officer Catherine Stace said their efforts had inspired people across Australia.
"Science is on the brink of exciting breakthroughs and this type of incredible fundraising effort backs Cure Brain Cancer Foundation to challenge the status quo and drive the biggest ever push to bring quality clinical trials to Australia," Ms Stace said.
"This will help to accelerate lifesaving treatments for people with brain cancer and propel us closer to increasing the survival rate, which remains unacceptably low and unchanged for more than 30 years," she said.
For more details or to donate, visit www.steveandm.com.