One man's 2000km cancer odyssey
HARALD ULRIKSEN is walking nearly 2000km from Adelaide to Brisbane for breast cancer.
Last year his 38-year-old wife, Brony, died after a six-year battle with the disease.
“It's a personal journey in memory of her,” Mr Ulriksen said.
“The walking helps me to deal with the grief, and she wouldn't have wanted me to grieve too long.”
Mr Ulriksen left Adelaide on December 17 and expects to arrive in Brisbane on February 17.
When asked what he thinks about during the long hours alone walking the roads, Mr Ulriksen said: “Mostly her and how much I miss her.”
Mr Ulriksen's father was diagnosed with lung cancer at about the same time his wife got her diagnosis.
To receive treatment his father travelled from Ballina to Adelaide, and said he would be so fit after it that he would be able to walk all the way home to Ballina.
This is where the idea to do the walk came from.
However, it was a walk he had planned to take with his wife, in memory of his father, who died just six months after his diagnosis.
Yesterday, Mr Ulriksen walked into Casino, where he was met by Senior Constable Nathan Ramsey.
He was given use of the facilities at Casino police station before heading off to Ballina.
Last year, police officers at Casino lost a colleague to breast cancer and wanted to show their support for Mr Ulriksen's walk.
Mr Ulriksen is accepting donations on behalf of the McGrath Foundation.
He is expected to walk into Ballina this afternoon via the Bruxner Highway.Mr Ulriksen is keeping a blog.