Grandmother to walk 450km for cystic fibrosis fundraiser

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But after seeing Tehya-Rose’s decline since, Ms Gascoine said she decided more had to be done.”The average life expectancy now is into the mid-30s … Grandmother Susan Gascoine is about to undertake an epic walk from Murray Bridge to Adelaide via Victor Harbor and the Fleurieu Peninsula to raise money for cystic fibrosis.”The family thinks I’m crazy,” the 70-year-old said with a laugh.She is walking in support of her granddaughter Tehya-Rose.”[Tehya-Rose] was diagnosed [with cystic fibrosis] when she was a couple of weeks’ old,” Ms Gascoine said.Last year, the dedicated grandmother walked from Renmark to Adelaide to raise money for the disorder.All up, she raised more than $15,000 for Cystic Fibrosis South Australia and the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Photo:
Susan Gascione’s walking boots in front of roses, the flower symbol of cystic fibrosis. so we have made a lot of progress but we still don’t have a cure.” She said she hoped to raise at least the same amount again this year.Granddaughter inspires through tough timesMs Gascoine said she would draw on thoughts of her granddaughter to keep her going on the 420-kilometre walk.”Sometimes I have to remind myself, when I feel like giving up, that I have to keep going [for her].”The other thing that keeps me going is that I have people stop on the side of the road, come and give me a hug and say, ‘thank you for doing this for my child’.”That gets me teary and I think it’s all worth it.”Ms Gascoine will set off from Murray Bridge on March 25, walking to Tailem Bend, Meningie, around Lake Alexandrina, Strathalbyn, Goolwa, Hindmarsh Island, Victor Harbor, Yankalilla, Myponga, Willunga, Aldinga and will arrive at Peace Park in North Adelaide on April 30.She will publish updates on her Susan Strides 4CF website.
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Susan Gascoine says she is walking in support of her granddaughter who was diagnosed as an infant.