Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Hard Road to Travel; Gympie Dad Michael Brown Talks to Christine Harch about His Family's Journey as He and His Son Cameron Prepare to Take on the Kokoda Track

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Hard Road to Travel; Gympie Dad Michael Brown Talks to Christine Harch about His Family's Journey as He and His Son Cameron Prepare to Take on the Kokoda Track

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"I COMPARE this map to people fighting cancer," Michael Brown says as his finger traces over the map of the 96 kilometres that is Papua New Guinea's infamous Kokoda Track.

"There's a lot of ups and downs and a lot of hard times and at peak times, there's great views."

Michael is one person who understands what it's like to have a child diagnosed with cancer.

He also knows the infinite capacity of Camp Quality to help families in that situation, and that's the motivation behind his upcoming trek across the track with his son Cameron.

He says the journey that he and his family have been on since Cameron was diagnosed in 1998, has been "treacherous" and "hard to travel".

He also draws an analogy between the families who travel that road and the diggers who were "lost on the way".

Michael and Cameron will be Camp Quality ambassadors for the trip in May next year and they are hoping to get a total of 20 people to walk with them and help raise money for Camp Quality.

"In these difficult economic times it is hard for people to come up with the money, but for anyone who wants to walk it, just say yes I am going to do this. Once you've made the commitment, just do it.

"When Camp Quality approached us I said I'd do it but it wasn't until a little time later that I truly committed myself to doing it."

He said people interested in trekking across the Kokoda Track would need about $5000, but that pays for everything.

"They will also have to raise $2500 for Camp Quality. There's a fine line when it comes to people raising money to help pay the $5000 - they can but it's not tax deductible."

Cameron was diagnosed when he was just seven years-of-age. He had two years of treatment and after five years, was given the all clear.

"During a routine blood test on April 16, 2008, they picked up that it was back.

"He went through the initial chemotherapy but the best chance was a bone marrow donor. …

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