LUCKY FAMILY: McLeod family Kathy, Gemma, 14, Kieran, 16, Chris, 12 and Joseph get ready for the Walk 4 Brain Cancer in August.
LUCKY FAMILY: McLeod family Kathy, Gemma, 14, Kieran, 16, Chris, 12 and Joseph get ready for the Walk 4 Brain Cancer in August. Cordell Richardson

Kieran's fight for his life, and to help others

IT was his own close call with a brain tumour that inspired 16-year-old Kieran McLeod to help others.

He has organised the first Walk 4 Brain Cancer in Ipswich in August, to raise fund and awareness for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. One child dies every nine days from brain cancer in Australia.

"I have one and I don't want other people to go through that," Kieran said.

Kieran McLeod, 16
Kieran McLeod, 16 Cordell Richardson

"The walk is to support Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and their goal is to increase the five year survival rate by 20% by 2023. "Only 5% of people survive five years with this kind of cancer and they want to improve that significantly.

>> Read about Kieran's fight with brain cancer

"If everyone can come together and see there are other people like this, would be so important.

"Essentially what chemotherapy is to kill the body and hope the tumour dies first and I don't want that to happen to other people."

The family took part in the Brisbane fundraiser last year and Dad Joseph said it was then he realised the family was not alone.

"It wasn't until we went to the walk last year in Brisbane that we realised how many people this impacted. You see them walking with shirts with faces of people they have lost," he said. The Ipswich Walk 4 Brain Cancer will start at 8am at Limestone Park on August 5.

See walk4braincancer.com.au for details or search for the event on Facebook.



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