REGION – A family has sold just about everything they own to embark on a marathon journey to raise money for children with a rare and painful skin disease.
Hayborough’s Andrew Biszczak will run from Victor Harbor to Brisbane, 3000km in 80 days, departing this Sunday, April 23.
In a Herculean effort he will average five marathons a week for four months.
His campaign aims to raise $1 million to find a cure for children with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).
Andrew will be followed by wife Sonia and daughter Tiffany, 9, in their support vehicle and caravan. Tiffany will be home-schooled during the four-month journey.
Andrew’s inspiration comes from his friendship with 26-year-old Victor Harbor woman Kate Turner who lived with EB and passed away two years ago.
He was so touched by the plight of children with EB that he sold his home to fund the journey, aiming to raise $1 million to help find a cure.
Andrew will start running this Sunday after a launch party at the Victor Harbor Yacht Club from 2pm until 4pm. Tickets to the event are $25 and include food and live music.
Runners are invited to tag along for any distance of the run from Victor to Brisbane by chipping in $30.
“All these kids want is a cure,” Andrew said. “I know there are kids waiting for an answer to this for some sort of reprieve.
“I am excited to get on the road and help these kids in a positive way,” Andrew said.
Children with EB are known as ‘butterfly children’ because of their delicate skin. Sufferers must be bandaged with dressings to protect and medicate their wounds.
To follow Andrew’s journey, or to donate visit his page at www.facebook.com/themilliondollarrun