Kim grits teeth for long walk ahead



IF you looked under the word determination in the dictionary, chances are you may well find this picture.

Next month Kim Turner will battle fatigue and soreness as she walks from Gladstone to Brisbane to help raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation Gladstone branch.

But she knows that the 14 days of pain as she walks to the state capital is nothing when compared to what her husband Paul went through.

Just a couple of years ago, Paul was as close as a person can come to death after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and given just two weeks to live.

On top of this, Paul's father Charlie passed away from a blood-related cancer while he was receiving treatment, adding to Kim's determination.

"I will be walking in Pa's (Charlie's) memory and dedicating my walk to him and his son who has been lucky enough so far to sur-vive this terrible disease,'' Kim said.

And while she is 100 per cent confident of making the distance, Kim is not taking the challenge lightly.

A 33-year-old business improvement specialist at Boyne Smelters, Kim spends 10 to 15 hours a week walking the streets of Gladstone in preparation for the battle ahead.

"We've been given the schedule from the endurance training specialist and we'll start ramping up in the next couple of weeks to around 20 hours a week,'' Kim said.

Kim said the hardest thing about the Walk of Hope would be leaving behind her four children for two weeks.



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