Lleyton’s 1000 Over 20

By Lleyton Edwards

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I’ve taken a stand against blood cancer.

On the 3rd of August 2023 I lost my life long best friend Luke to Graft vs Host Disease as a result of his bone marrow transplantation that was needed from his diagnosis of Leukaemia. 

Luke was someone in my life who you never had a bad thing to say about as he was always a positive and kind hearted person. As a friend he always kept me accountable for things as he was never shy of telling you the truth whether you liked it or not. 

When hearing about his diagnosis you would have thought he just had a common cold, never complaining to anyone. Just smiling and trying to make the most of his life. This inspired me everyday to make sure I live life the way I want to live it so I can look back one day with no regrets, as you never know what curve balls life is going to throw your way. 

In honour of Luke’s memory, on the 3rd of August 2024 I am going to run a total of 1,000kms over the span of 20 days, averaging 50km a day, while trying to raise money for those in need. 

Although Luke has indeed inspired this event, the main reason I am doing this is because I want to raise awareness. Raise awareness to people who are not suffering from life a threatening disease, how lucky we all are and how important it is to not take life for granted. To make the most of what you have now. Be appreciative of the little things. Luke couldn’t breathe oxygen without having tubes up his nose 24/7, so how lucky are we, he couldn’t get up and walk 5 meters without need to stop and catch his breath back for 5 minutes.

It is a privilege to be able to get up and walk to the fridge to get something to eat and it is little things like this I feel some people take for granted everyday. Everyone is capable of reaching such levels of greatness, but become so comfortable where they are, it can’t get any worse than this so why try and make it much better right? Wrong! We only get one go round in this game called life so why not live it in a way that you can look back on and be proud of because people like Luke, don’t get that chance anymore and it would disrespectful to them for us to just waste our lives away. 

The money I raise will help provide care for those in need right now — and it will back the brightest researchers to continue uncovering faster diagnoses and better treatments to save lives. 

Please show me your support by donating to my fundraising campaign.

Event Information

Saturday 03rd August

My Achievements

Congrats! You've hit your goal!

$80 raised - you've given a family a night of emergency accommodation!

You've covered genetic testing!

You've given a family a whole weeks accommodation near treatment

$1,000 raised - you've made a tube gene test with state-of-the-art-technology possible

You've covered 3 months of lab costs for vital blood cancer research

You've fund life changing research for 3 months

Thank you to my Supporters

$5.28

Duncan Cahill

All the best !