Woolf’s marathon walk

Larissa Johnson and Stuart Woolf from the team In Loving Memory. 95971_02

IT WAS a rough day for Stuart Woolf following the Casey-Cardinia Relay for Life- but he said it was nothing in comparison to what cancer patients go though.
Mr Woolf, 40, walked 62.8kms in 18 hours for the successful event, beating his personal achievement of 46km last year.
The Narre Warren South resident was the team captain of In Loving Memory, a group of 30 people who together raised $4400 for the cause.
Mr Woolf said his legs were a little sore following the big walk, but felt he had nothing to complain about.
“I lost a few family members from cancer including a grandmother, an uncle, close family friends and my wife’s grandmother,” he said.
“Once you see what they go through, 24 hours of walking and a few blisters is nothing.”
Mr Woolf confessed that he was not an active person by nature and was not in peak physical condition, but said he had the right mindset to keep his legs moving.
Just about when he called it a day, Seth Sleep, a boy in Mr Woolf son’s school, attended the event and inspired him to keep on walking. Seth 6, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia on 13 May last year and has been in and out of hospital for radiation and chemotherapy since 15 May.
“When you see a little boy like that, who is six years old, and to know what he is going through — he is an inspiration,” Mr Woolf said.
Seth even joined the fun, completing a few laps with fellow participants. To hear more about how Seth inspired others to raise money for a great cause, turn to page 12.