Father and son's epic journey
“I'm waving at people and I have no idea who they are.”
If Matthew and his father have become the face of Prostate Cancer awareness it is not through choice.
It was more through necessity.
“Someone has to lift the stigma surrounding prostate cancer,” said Stewy, a prostate cancer survivor who admits to be “shell-shocked” when he was diagnosed.
“Someone has to encourage men to go and get the check.
“And I feel really vindicated in the run and proud that we achieved what we set out to achieve.
“In every town we met men who were struggling with prostate cancer or who had struggled with it.”
Matthew, a constable with the Bundaberg Police, said it was important to drive the message home to the younger generation.
“For me, I need to be aware because my father, his father and his grandfather all had prostate cancer, so it is something I have dealt with,” he said.
The pair know that Australia's most prolific killer of men is not going to stop until the men of Australia take the plunge and visit the doctor.
So they will keep fighting it the best way they know how - putting one foot in front of the other.
You can still donate online at www.everydayhero.com.au/run_man_run.
For more information on prostate cancer, go to www.prostate.org.au/.