A Mildura man on a mission is in Murray Bridge this weekend talking to members of the community to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer.
Close friends of Simon Dowdle lost their six-year-old Eva to metastatic embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma when she was just six years old, which took an overwhelming financial and emotional toll on the family.
From 2012 to 2014 Eva fought cancer and lost her left arm to ambutation along the way. Conventional treatment options were exhausted early in her battle and she tried a number of treatments not tried on her cancer type before she died.
Eva's family created a charity in her honor 'Braver, Stronger Smarter' as they found small population numbers has led to limited research investment, with many children with cancer facing limited treatment options.
Mr Dowdle decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of travelling around the country this year while also supporting his friends' charity. He has taken a year off his job at a winery to weave through regional communities to raise awareness and money for the cause, calling his campaign 'Dings Tour for a Cure'.
Mr Dowdle is aiming to raise $16,000 as he travels 16,000 kms across the State and Country. As of Friday 7 June, he has already raised over $1,000 in just 12 days. You can keep up to date with his travels on his Facebook page and donate on his Just Giving page.
Image: Drawing of Eva by family friend Belinda de Maid