Epic trek from Albany to Perth in honour of Harvey

Gabriel Lovering holds a photograph of his late son Harvey, with friends Richard
Gabriel Lovering holds a photograph of his late son Harvey, with friends Richard

Mr Lovering will walk from Albany to Perth next month honouring his son Harvey who lost his battle with cancer in June.

Harvey was diagnosed with an atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumour ” a rare brain tumour with low survival rate, when he was just 17 months old.

Between February and August 2011, he endured six rounds of chemotherapy including three rounds of megatherapy that required a stem cell transplant to help the body’s marrow to recover.

However, it was a chest infection that proved fatal.

Mr Lovering, who came up with the idea while watching his son undergo chemotherapy, will walk 450km in nine days with friends Richard Elkington and Jarrod Martin raising awareness and funds for Bright Blue, the Police Commissioner’s fund for sick children.

‘Way too many children are being diagnosed with cancer ” it’s about 600 children a year,’ he said.

‘I’m hoping the trek will create awareness along the way and that we will be able to raise $100,000 for research.’

Mr Lovering said life without his beloved son had been tough and throwing himself into helping others helped but it was a struggle for the family every day.

‘Life after Harvey has been really tough. We were so close and he was so special,’ he said.

‘We are taking one day at a time but it’s taken a massive toll on our family; it was quite traumatic.

‘It’s the hardest thing losing a child.

‘Children should not be going before us.’

Harvey’s Cureageous Pride walk takes place from October 5 to 13.

Anyone wishing to donate can visit www.brightblue.org.au and click on |Harvey’s Cureageous Pride.