Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Members Statement – Matthew Daniels

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (13:28:16): I rise today to congratulate Armstrong Creek resident Matthew Daniels on successfully completing an astounding 535 runs in 535 days in a marathon mission. Every day, rain, hail or shine, Matt ran a half marathon—just over 21 kilometres. Matt kicked off his quest to raise money for blood cancer on 27 December 2017 and has run over 11 000 kilometres since. The personal trainer and father of three was inspired to attempt the feat after reading With Every Step, the true story of Andrew Cadigan, who quit his job and walked around Australia to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation. Matt reported that when he first purchased the book he was unable to put it down, stating that ‘I think Cad’s story resonated with me so much because he pushed his body and mind to the limit, all to honour a mate and for a greater cause’. Around 35 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer every day, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Blood cancer is the third biggest cause of cancer deaths across Australia, claiming more lives each year than breast cancer or skin cancer. The Leukaemia Foundation provide practical and emotional support to people facing the challenge of blood cancer, as well as investing in vital research to find better treatments and cures. Across Australia 60 000 people are currently fighting this horrible disease. I continue to be so proud that despite the negative impacts cancer and other diseases have on individuals, Victorians rise above it and move forward. In total over his journey Matt raised around $70 000, including $20 000 for Breast Cancer Network Australia in 2014 and $50 000 for Cad’s cause. Matt is the second largest individual fundraiser in Australia according to the Leukaemia Foundation’s top 100 fundraising legends. Congratulations and thank you, Matt.


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