Garry Steff to walk from Wagga to Sydney

Posted on January 18, 2008 by



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Walking for love

Gary Steff will walk from Wagga to Sydney, starting next week, to raise funds for his sister-in-law, who is battling leukaemia. Picture: Kerrie Stewart
DETERMINED: Gary Steff will walk from Wagga to Sydney, starting next week, to raise funds for his sister-in-law, who is battling leukaemia. Picture: Kerrie Stewart

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His sister-in-law, Tania McMahon, who is from Wagga, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in May last year and is hospitalised in Sydney.While her three older children are still in Wagga, Mrs McMahon’s youngest son, Quayd, is in Sydney with her.

He suffers from congenital lymphodaema, a chronic condition where fluid builds up around his heart and lungs, and spends up to six months in hospital each year.

Mr Steff said he hoped funds raised would help support the family, with Mrs McMahon struggling each day to battle her disease.

He said Mrs McMahon’s husband had been reluctant to ask for help, but would be returning to work in Wagga soon and his family needed assistance.

“A lot of people didn’t know about his wife until very recently,” Mr Steff said.

“I’m leaving here with no money in my pocket but I don’t care, that’s what you do for people you care about.”

But community support for Mr Steff’s fundraising campaign has been strong, with donations already coming in from Young and several hotels offering him accommodation during the walk.

Mr Steff said Country Hope and CanAssist were also involved in the cause and offering their support, and he hoped a car would be donated to accompany him on the walk.

While he said he expected the walk would take up to four weeks, Mr Steff said it was a positive way to draw attention to Mrs McMahon and her family.

“It’s more about showing the determination that they have shown, and showing Australians that this is what I’m prepared to do for other people,” he said.

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