We first met the Pattison family earlier this
year, when they were just preparing to trek up Africa’s highest mountain, Mt
Kilimanjaro. Dr Brendan Pattison was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2014
and sadly passed away, inspiring his adult children and their partners to
fundraise for the Leukaemia Foundation while taking on a physical challenge -
you can read more about their story here.
Now that the family has returned from their
12-day trekking adventure, having taken on the challenge as part of Get Your Blood Pumping
for Blood Cancer, we caught up with Dr Brendan
Pattison’s daughter-in-law, Bec Taylor.
“When we came across the Mt Kili trek, it just
seemed perfect. It was something different and challenging that we could take
on as a family while supporting a good cause,” Bec said.
18 dedicated fundraisers took on the
bucket-list adventure in Tanzania and generously raised funds for the Leukaemia
“The best thing about Mt Kili was definitely
the people that went, they were fantastic! They were a great group of people
from around the country, all with different circumstances.
The night before we summited, an email was read
out from an LF patient telling us her story and what the money we raised would
go towards - it was so incredibly inspiring! Knowing that what we did as a team
would help people, feeling like you actually contributed and hearing what the
money would actually buy was very motivating. The trek became about so much
more than just us,” Bec said.
The 12-day trek wasn’t without its physical and
mental challenges, and it was through these challenges that brought everyone on
the trek so much closer together.
“It was tough but we got through it. I’d
absolutely encourage others to support the Foundation. For the past eight
months we’ve called on our family and friends to support us. Everyone who knew
Brendan appreciates how devastating a blood cancer diagnosis is, especially
when family can’t take the time off work to be there for the whole journey.
Brendan was very conscious of how lucky he was to have his wife by his side and
not worry about working,” Bec said.
Are you feeling inspired by the Pattison's story? Find out about our next trek here.
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