In a show of mateship, a best friend will push his wheelchair-bound mate the entire distance of the City-Bay Fun Run, to show cancer won’t win, and to raise money for charity.
At 17, Edward Sach was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer – and now his best friend Edward McLeish is showing him he’s behind him every step of the way on his recovery journey.
The pair, affectionately known as Ed and Ed, have raised nearly $7,500 for the Childhood Cancer Association through online fundraising platform Everydayhero ahead of the race.
The now 23-year old Edward Sach said he was determined to take part in the event despite the fact his aggressive treatment has left him unable to complete the race on foot.
“Since my diagnosis, I’ve had several serious operations, as well as chemo and radiotherapy, which has made it difficult to complete the whole 12 kilometres by myself,” said Edward.
“Just to get around in my day-to-day life, I have to switch between a wheelchair and my walking stick so I’m very grateful to have Ed wheel me across the finish line.”
Fortunately, Edward is now in remission and plans on giving back to the cause that helped him out in his time of need.
“This is my first opportunity to raise money for the charity which supported me and my family when I was going through treatment,” he said.
Everydayhero’s Managing Director Pascale Harvie said she was inspired by young Australians, like Edward, who go above and beyond to raise money for charity.
“We were so touched by Ed and Ed’s story,” Ms Harvey said.
“Ed’s determination to take part and his desire to give back to the Childhood Cancer Association is to be admired – and that his best mate is stepping up to help him do that is so heart-warming.
“Major events like the City-Bay Fun Run offer an opportunity for participants to raise money for a cause – and online platforms like Everydayhero mean they can receive donations without having to worry about cash on the day.”
More information can be found on Ed and Ed’s Everydayhero page.