Peter Owens has embarked on a journey for his son Michael, who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) earlier this year and passed away only five days after diagnosis.
Peter will be walking 365 kilometres from Port Augusta to Adelaide in honour of his son and to raise funds and awareness for the Leukeamia foundation.
On Saturday September 8, Peter stopped in Port Pirie on his way to Port Broughton, where Michael’s grandparents live.
The family chose Port Augusta as a starting point as they were travelling through the city on the way home from Coffin Bay when they first received the news.
Peter’s long haul will end on Sunday September 16 with the annual City to Bay Fun Run and he is encouraging those who want to walk for Michael, to register under ‘Team Leukaemia’.
The diagnosis of Michael came on Wednesday April 4 without any previous signs of illness, this shocked not only Michael but his friends and family around him.
Acute Myeloid Leukemia is not a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. It is the name given to a group of leukemias that develop in the myeloid cell line in the blood marrow.
Myeloid cells are red blood cells, platelets and all white blood cells excluding lymphocytes and each year, around 900 people are diagonsed with the rare disease; accounting for 0.8 per cent of all cancer diagnosis.
The Owens family and Michael's fiancé Rosie would like to utilise GoFundMe.com to honour Michael's tragic experience and more importantly to support AML research to help the future generation.
The donations will be given to the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia, specifically to the Acute Myeloid Leukaemia research department.