Lynda Geiger hands Ashley Sippel his team hat. Photo Brandon Livesay/ South Burnett Times
Lynda Geiger hands Ashley Sippel his team hat. Photo Brandon Livesay/ South Burnett Times Brandon Livesay

Walk to remember mum who was an inspiration

SHE may have been farewelled by her family and friends, but Brett Otto is confident Lynda Geiger will be there in spirit during the Gladstone to Kingaroy walk.

The CEO of Melanoma Awareness Foundation, Mr Otto, with his 72-year-old dad Trevor, plan to walk from Gladstone to Kingaroy to raise awareness for melanoma and remember a courageous mother, wife and friend.

Mr Otto met Linda Geiger at the peak of her cancer battle.

"She was very much an inspiration behind doing the event because she was just so courageous," Mr Otto said.

"When she was in her final months I said to her, 'I wish you could go on this walk with me' and she said, 'Don't worry, I'll be there the whole way'," Mr Otto said.

Mrs Geiger lived in Gladstone in her first 15 years, going to kindergarten at Koolyangarra and then to Gladstone West State School.

When she was 42 her first melanoma was cut from her back. Two years later she suffered back pain that was looked into with medical scans.

Before the scans returned she collapsed and was rendered a paraplegic - two tumours had ruptured in her spine and brain. She lived for another 16 months.

"Even when she could only be on a stretcher, her family would wheel her to the shops and to her sons' sporting games."

A Gladstone Park to Park fundraiser will be held before the men embark on the walk on Thursday, April 21, at 6.30am. It starts at Derribong Park and finishes at Beaumont Park.

Donations will go towards Melanoma education programs.

Phone 4639 6160 for information.



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