CANCER CRUSADERS: Roma man Mathew Wesley and his family plan to travel the country in a horse-drawn wagon to raise money for the Cancer Council.
CANCER CRUSADERS: Roma man Mathew Wesley and his family plan to travel the country in a horse-drawn wagon to raise money for the Cancer Council. Stephanie Kay

One Roma man's epic journey in the fight for a cancer cure

IMAGINE spending the next few years of your life on the road with your family?

That's exactly what Roma's Mathew Wesley plans to do, as he travels the country in a horse-drawn wagon to raise his goal of a whopping $4 million for the Cancer Council.

Mathew, a bowel cancer survivor, is in the process of building a buggy to house his family for the journey and is training his horses for the adventure.

The incredible fundraising and awareness campaign sprung from the idea of another man Mathew met, who was too sick to complete his mission.

"He had lost his wife to cancer and we have that much cancer in our family, I had bowel cancer when I was 21," Mathew said.

"I said to him, if he didn't mind, I'd have a crack."

Local businesses have come on board and helped Mathew with the wagon construction he hopes to have finished soon.

"It's a big life change but I think the kids are more excited than I am," he said.

"Especially to have the opportunity to do this in such a large way to help with Cancer Council research."

As the Wesleys travel around Australia, they plan to stop at as many hospitals and schools as possible to spread hope to people suffering with cancer.

Mathew and his family plan to leave around Australia Day and show their wagon at community events before they depart.

To donate or help Mathew, email mak11wesley4@gmail.com.


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