*** UPDATED 24th Feb 2020 ***
Hi, my name is Bec and I have concocted this crazy little project I call 'Big Horse Trek' in order to raise as much money as I can for cancer research via the Love Your Sister charity.
The Love Your Sister charity is very close to my heart, as I know it is to a lot of people. In 1996 my dad, Jack, lost a short battle with cancer. There were a number of signs and symptoms in the months before his diagnosis that were not detected. Would early detection have changed things? Who knows. But what we do know is that cancer research has come a long way since the 90’s, and this has filtered down into improved patient outcomes, improved medications, improved treatment options, and improved survival rates. Supporting cancer research will assist in furthering these developments into the future. I have watched other family members and friends go through the horrors of cancer, and I would like to see an end to this.
So what exactly am I doing? I am taking up a challenge to myself to try and help Love Your Sister's quest to vanquish cancer. After 10 years of sub-par health of my own, I am ready for a big adventure!
My original plan was to travel solo (but with three horses!) 5 330km down the east coast of Australia, from Cooktown to Healesville along the Bicentennial National Trail. BUT - things have changed. Widespread and ongoing drought changed my initial plans, and recent large scale bushfires have hampered my backup plans. This has not deterred me! I have a new plan taking shape as we speak (with so many different plans that I have started to initiate, I have affectionately called this one Plan G, as it is honestly about the 7th plan that I have actually started to run with). I will still be embarking on a long-distance packhorse trek from April 2020. But I will be focusing on my home state of Victoria, and I look forward to showcasing some of this states' most beautiful areas. Stay tuned for more details.
The more people I talk to about my trek, the more stories I hear about the impacts of cancer on individuals, their family, and/or their friends. It seems that everyone is impacted by cancer in some way, and targeting the source of the problem (i.e. what the cancer researchers focus on) is paramount to ultimately finding cures for the various forms of cancers. I am hoping to also help raise more awareness surrounding early detection for a variety of cancers, as early diagnosis and treatment can improve a person's survival rate and assist in their quality of life. If through Big Horse Trek I can help just one person in this way, then I will deme the project a success.
The initial goal of Big Horse Trek is to reach a fundraising target of $ 53 300 (i.e. $10 per 1km of the BNT) for Love Your Sister. At this stage I am standing by this goal (although I am tempted to increase the goal relative to the increased stress I have been dealing with as a result of all of the major plan changes. Can you tell I'm a sucker for punishment?). Any amount donated (small or large) is greatly appreciated!
Feel free to follow my journey on Facebook, Instagram, and at www.bighorsetrek.com