Karlee Robinson is walking from Caloundra to Noosa for her cousin Aaron Parker, who has terminal brain cancer.
Karlee Robinson is walking from Caloundra to Noosa for her cousin Aaron Parker, who has terminal brain cancer. Contributed

'I need to do what I can': 65km walk for cancer patient

WHAT do you do when someone you love has terminal brain cancer and there is no way you, or anyone else, can save them?

Karlee Robinson's cousin Aaron Parker, father of three, was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 34.

Doctors told him he had 18 months to live; that was six years ago. But last month Mr Parker's family was given the heartbreaking news his brain tumour had grown, chemotherapy hadn't worked and there was nothing doctors could do for him.

Ms Robinson can't save her cousin, but she has spent the past two years raising funds for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, and on Saturday she'll walk 65km from Caloundra to Noosa to raise more, this time for Mr Parker and his family.

Ms Robinson said Mr Parker was lucky to have made it to his 40th birthday this year.

"The survival rate of more than five years is 15%," she said.

"People don't realise brain cancer kills more people under 40 than any other cancer and more children than any other disease.

"It comes from out of nowhere and gets people in their prime.

"Aaron has had three craniotomies, radiation and, most recently, chemotherapy and this has had an emotional and financial strain on his family.

"So I decided I need to do what I can for my cousin."

 

Aaron Parker with his wife Samira and three children Kaelan, Aurian and Willow.
Aaron Parker with his wife Samira and three children Kaelan, Aurian and Willow. Contributed

Ms Robinson has raised more than $8000 for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation during the past two years.

The money raised from this weekend's walk will go to Mr Parker and his family to pay for treatment.

"And hopefully a family holiday together, if enough is raised in time," Ms Robinson said.

Visit the GoFundMe page for more details or to donate.


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