Gerri's Journey - A walk for Mum

By Leigh Stevens

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I’ve taken a stand against blood cancer.

On November 8th 2020, I lost my Mum to complications from her battle with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Every day hurts, and I need to do something to help other families affected by Leukaemia.

For the last few years, I have been intrigued by 'The Goldfields Track', a 210km track that runs from Mount Buninyong near Ballarat, to my home town of Bendigo. The main reason for not attempting it yet is that I didn't really have a 'Why'. Now I have.

I am fundraising to help the 47 Australians who will know that they have blood cancer by the end of today — and for the 47 families who will face the same devastating news tomorrow. 

I have created this page to raise vital funds to help provide the special care that is needed to get families through a blood cancer diagnosis as well as to help fund more game-changing research into this disease. 

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. 

There is a lot of planning to take place, but fundraising can start immediately. 
My initial plan is to start the walk at Mount Buninyong in early September 2021, and finish 4-6 days later in Bendigo.
You can follow my planning, fundraising, training, etc on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gerrisjourney

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

Event Information

Monday 06th September 06:00 - 17:00

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

$200

Sally And Daniel Herbst

$31.32

Tanya Cavallaro

You guys are all amazing. Gerri would be so proud. xx

$313.20

Probe Operations

$50

K K

What a major effort!! Well done to all. Hope the blisters will be healing quickly!! KK

$31.32

Sandy Mclennan

Great work Leigh and Bek! Gerri was a great person! Old netball pal.

$52.20

Jan Allen

$100

Jennifer H Holborn

Huge congratulations Leigh and the family on achieving a wonderful result for the leukemia foundation. It has significant meaning for me as I lost my dearest mum to leukemia 13 years ago.

$32.20

Paul Anderson

Well done All, Great effort for a good cause....

$31.32

Brooke Gale

Katie, your mum would be so proud of you all. Love to you and Linc. XxBrooke

$31.32

Sophie

Go Bec! Well done!

$1.02k

Garry Holloway

$52.20

Julie Leahy

$55.33

Clare And Martin Garrett And Family

$31.32

Tanya Hobson

Inspiring. Well done!

$30

Ann Clancey

$300

Aasb - Accounting & Audit Solutions Bendigo

Super effort everyone, special mention to our great friends Bek, Leroy and Archie for completing the entire walk 💪👏

$31.32

Emily Ramage

$31.32

George Morrison

Awesome effort on your walk !

$104.40

Warhurst Family

So proud of you all - That beautiful smile of Gerri's would be be beaming from above.

$104.40

Rob

Thinking of you all. Top effort.

$201

Andrea Ryan

Guys your mum must be so proud of you all, her spirit shines through you all

$55.33

Julie Dillon

So proud of you all for the great work you're doing in raising awareness for this cause. Gerri would be so very proud xx

$20.88

Nicole Johnstone

So close now! Keep walking, you've got this!!!

$104.40

Rachel Tucker

$31.32

Rhiannon Berry

$20

Paige Cartwright

$53

Alan & Jan Nancarrow

$104.40

Melville J Thomas

Hi LEIGH VERY HAPPY TO BE A SMALL PART. GERRI WAS A VERY SPECIAL FRIEND. LOVE TO ALL MEL THOMAS.

$53

Carolyn Adams

Wonderful cause Marcus - wishing you all the very best for the Walk along the Goldfields Trail over the next 5 days. Cheers, Carolyn

$208.80

Dossie Hocking

Well done Leigh, and all the team, there has been an added presence this week spurring you all on when the going got tough on the walk and we all know who it is.💕💕

$250

A J Fibreglass

Go Mick! Great work to all the team. Amazing Efforts.

$55.33

Bridgette Haysom

$52.20

Kristy & Linden Cahill

$100

Kate Nancarrow

Great work team!

$55.33

Deanne Scarce

$31.32

Sharna Frawley

$83.52

Kellie Dadds

An inspirational effort. Well done everyone. Your Mum would be beaming with pride.

$50

Libby

Well done Leigh, Bek and team. You guys are awesome! I really admire your determination and commitment. Fuck you cancer, it always takes the best xx

$31.32

Anonymous

$55.33

Bec & Shaun O'sullivan

Huge effort, congrats to all walkers. Love following your progress. Such a worthy cause.

$100

Anonymous

$31.32

Bree Isaacs

Go Team. What an amazing effort you are doing in honour of your mum. Loved following your journey and can’t wait to see the group pic at the finish line.

$53

Maree Hourigan

In support of Gerri’s family, and in memory of many netball games enjoyed. Also in memory of the best brother-in-law imaginable, Bob.

$55.33

A Wheelhouse

Awesome work Gerri’s kids Memories that will last foreverxx

$31.32

Matthew Perrin

I am sorry that your mum has gone to heaven and well done on your big walk!

$55.33

Robyn Doble

$83.52

Steve Jacobs

GREAT WORK STEVO and CO!

$250

Astute Business & Consulting Services

Hey Leigh and Mark, We are all thinking of your family and your mum. This is a great way to honour her. Look after your feet!

$31.32

Em Ryan

To the Stevens family. Congratulations on your efforts. Thank you for being a total inspiration. I’m very grateful to have worked with two of you and be lucky enough to call you mates. Xo

$55.33

Pam Lynch

Inspirational!

$83.52

Ascot Saddlery

Thank you Leigh for doing this for your Mum

$55.33

Beebox Training

Best of luck to you and your crew mate. An amazing attempt for a great cause.

$104.40

Dicko’s

Good work Stevos

$55.33

Lyn Bunton

I have enjoyed following Gerri’s Journey. You are all awesome!

$52.20

Matheson Family

Well done on your first day of walking this epic challenge. Good luck to you all for the remaining km's ahead.

$20.88

Nola Lamb

$20.88

Abbey Climas

$104.40

Leanne Menhennet

Good luck with the walk I will be tracking your progress. All for an amazing cause. Say hi to Kate 😁

$55.33

Anthea Ryan

Thinking of you all this morning. I’m available for foot massages (😉) on Friday pm after you amazing people stumble proudly into Bendigo. Inspiring!!

$104.40

Kat, Tys, Harley & Mila

Lots if love n strength for a beautiful cause. Love from your extended Fam xx

$104.40

Sue Saz Lars Cryer/berens

Gerri would be so proud of you all.

$104.40

Abby & Ricky

All the best Katie & family. What an amazing thing you are all doing. I’m sure your Mum would be very proud 💖

$208.80

Sas Group

On behalf of the 'Soft & Soggy' group of 8( Ian, Rob, Don, Chris, John, John, John & John) who meet monthly in Bendigo.

$55.33

Fiona Feldtmann

Well done To you all Leigh & co. Wishing you a safe, injury free time on the walk. Your Beautiful Mum will be with you every step of the way. Walk on 👍🏼

$31.32

Megan King

$208.80

Jason Hewitt

Congrats mate on such a wonderful event. We are sure Gerri would be super proud. She was one in a million. Always made us feel welcome. Good luck to all those on the walk.

$20.88

Nicole Tzaros

$52.20

Brad Perrow

Good luck with it all legends. Perrow's

$100

Marty And Erin Shadbolt

$55.33

Alley & Andy

Good luck Katie and family. Your mum would be so proud

$104.40

Lou + Percy

Wishing you guys all the best - what an amazing thing you are all doing. Xx

$31.32

Megs

$55.33

Mary Nolan

Hope the walk goes well, a worthy cause.

$20.88

Alanah Paegert

$250

Risk & Security Management

Sending you all the support we can!!

$52.20

Anonymous

$261

Daniel Steers

G'day Leigh and Mark.

$208.80

Hughes Investigations P/l

Good luck mate Matt & The team at Hughes

$20.88

Robyn Vitacca

$83.52

Lynlee Trimble

You are doing an amazing job Leigh. Your beautiful Mum would be so proud of you. All the best for the walk😘😘

$20.88

Ellen Rigby

$53

Gwen Cooke

$104.40

Jan Randall

Good luck Trina

$52.20

Vicki-lee

Best of luck to you Trine, Beck and co!

$31.32

Steve Newlan

$53

Anonymous

Good luck for the walk.

$5.22

Michelle

Wonderful cause and wish you all the best with the walk

$53

Ann Crouch

Good luck Katie and family.

$53

Belinda Beer

$55.33

Liz March

Hoping that every little bit makes a big difference :)

$515

Alan Harries

A great initiative for a very worthy cause Leigh - wishing you every success with Gerri's Journey.

$100

Jamie Lewis

I didn’t win the tarago but happy to help

$52.20

Strategem

Well done Chantelle, we're all very proud of your efforts! Keep up the great work.

$104.40

Kim And Peter Lenon

We had known Gerri for a long time. Our sympathy goes to all the family. Especially to Ron and to you all

$208.80

Steve Liddall Painting & Decorating

Completely behind you and your family leigh, A great cause and my condolences.

$100

G2 Accounting

Sorry for your loss, great work fundraising for such a worthy cause.

$10.44

Jill Lamb

So sorry for your loss, good luck with your fund raising effort

$55.33

Kanji Jackson-leahy

$55.33

Lydia Fehring

Leigh, Bek & family, so sorry that AML has touched your family too. I lost my gorgeous sister in 1998 when she was just 21 to AML. What a wonderful thing you are all doing. Much love to you all.

$104.40

Daniel Rusbridge

Well done Leigh supporting a great cause in honour of your Mum. - A lovely lady.

$26.10

Heather Taylor

Well done and love to you all. Xx

$104.40

Robyn

What a fantastic job you are all doing. Gerri would be so proud of you all x

$208.80

Toni Bennett

From your Port Douglas family💗

$80

Peter Wheeldon

Have a great walk Vhantelle!

$31.32

Kim Kelly

$20.88

Trev Watchman

Awesome 👍

$100

Kristy Taylor

$52.20

Nicole Emmerson

$500

Central Victorian Kia & Isuzu Ute

$52.20

Vicki Sherwell

$31.32

Cathy Hamilton

Good luck Chan! Xx

$55.33

Lotte & Jarrod Dubyna

Gerri used to run rings around us younger girls on the netball court. Superwoman

$55.33

Cheryle Ryan

Good luck Chantelle with the walk .... wonderful initiative to support xx

$31.32

Trevor Elliott

$55.33

Chris Harrington

Go Leigh, a terrific cause for a terrific lady!

$100

Annette Sullivan

$20.88

Lorraine Bice

great effort Leigh. xxx

$50

Helen Fitt

$80

Kellie Wheels

Your Mum would be proud Leigh. Well done for making a difference to other people's lives.

$104.40

Jeremy Byrne

$250

Bendigo Dyno Tuning

$100

Harry Long

$104.40

Jen & Bob

Very proud of you Leigh - I’m sure Gerri will be smiling down with pride❤️❤️

$120

Gemma Smyth

Good luck. Sorry to hear about your mum. My Dad was diagnosed with AML in 2007 and sadly is no longer with us and Mum was diagnosed with AML last year. She's battling on. Best of luck with the journey.

$55.33

Lynda Mabon

Wishing you all the best on your journey.

$83.52

Kate

Fantastic cause close to my heart. Good luck Leigh

$31.32

Gloria Bonifazi Young

Sorry to hear this <3. You guys and the way you are living your lives are the best representation of how amazing of a woman your mom was. It has been clear since the day I met you all. Enjoy the journey, what a good idea! Hugs

$20.88

Sarah Worthington

$31.32

Deb Spear

$50

Jugga

Fantastic idea and I hope this raises a truckload of cash in memory of a wonderful person ❤️

$31.32

Natalie Jones

$55.33

Charlotte Mason

$20.88

Nicole Johnstone

Wishing you peace and comfort as you take this walk in memory of your beautiful Mum.

$104.40

Ricky Colville

$20.88

Catherine Wicks

$261

Windridge Fencing And Doors

Gerri would be proud Leigh xx

$31.32

Sandra Sowerby

Great idea Leigh, my family have just been thrown a cancer diagnosis and it’s hard to know what to do, how to act. I love that you are doing something to help others.

$31.32

Eliza Long