Proud family jumps on treadmill for fundraising effort

The Proud family from Bowral will walk for 26 hours to help get Carys to London for life-saving treatment. Photo: Mandy McGarvey
The Proud family from Bowral will walk for 26 hours to help get Carys to London for life-saving treatment. Photo: Mandy McGarvey

Seven-year-old Carys Bradshaw was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

There is no cure and the Bradshaw family is now trying to get Carys to London for a potentially life-saving drug trial.

Carys, who lives in Belrose was diagnosed with a DIPG Tumor which is a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer.

The family needs to raise $350,000 to get to London and long-time friends and Bowral residents the Proud family have jumped on board to help them achieve that goal.

Three generations of the Proud family will challenge themselves to keep a treadmill moving for 26 hours on Friday, March 24.

Tracy Proud, a long-time friend of Carys’ mum Rachel Bradshaw, knew she wanted to get her family involved in the fundraising effort.

“I am heartbroken, for my friend and her beautiful daughter, as well as for all of her family and friends,” she said.

“We are going to keep walking for 26 hours, the time it will take to get Carys from Belrose to London, to help raise as much money as we can. We also need to let Rachel and Carys’ Dad Jack know that our family is with them at this awful time”.

In addition to Tracy, her husband Joe Proud and their two children Ruby (6) and Theo (3) will all be doing their part to keep the treadmill moving throughout the event.

Rounding out the team, Tracy’s mother Sue (65) will also join the family for the challenge.

“I would want someone to do this if it were my granddaughter,” Sue said.

“I will do my best to pull my weight throughout the 26 hours, so our family can let Carys’ family know they are not alone in their battle”.

Starting at 8am on March 24 in their Bowral backyard, the family’s 26 hour walking challenge will be supported by friends from throughout the Southern Highlands.

“We are very lucky to have so many great friends that have offered to help us,” Joe Proud said.

“From offering to bring food and drinks, to helping entertain the kids or managing the promotion of the event via Facebook to us help raise money, our friends have been amazing”.

Joe said sleep deprivation would not be an issue for him and his wife.

“Tracy and I have been raising our spirited kids for the last six years, we’re well trained in sleep deprivation.

“More importantly, we all understand how important this is for little Carys and her chance at life”.

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