Melanoma March on in Barooga

By Cobram Courier

The Cobram-Barooga community is being encouraged to head to Barooga Oval on Friday to take part in the annual Melanoma March.

Barooga’s Jody Brown is raising money to support Jay’s Longest Melanoma March, a 2000km, 50-day trek from Adelaide to Sydney.

Jay Allen was 32 when he was diagnosed with melanoma. He was a typical Aussie bloke — a husband, dad, son and mate — but overnight he went from being a truck driver to a cancer patient.

Mr Allen underwent immediate surgery and treatment and 10 years on he is fighting fit.

He is now fighting for another cause — to help raise awareness and find a cure for melanoma which kills one Australian every five hours.

It is also the most common cancer affecting 15-to-39-year-old Australians.

As part of the walk, Ms Brown will walk the Yarrawonga to Cobram leg, as well as the 5km walk around the Barooga Oval to raise awareness and life-saving funds for melanoma research.

The event costs $10 per person or $30 for a family, which includes a barbecue dinner and live music.

There will be a raffle as well as 100 limited edition stubbie holders to buy, with proceeds going to melanoma research.

The event is supported by Noonan’s Showcase Jewellers, D’Vine Ideas Cobram, Cobram Betta Home Living, D&M Bowden Construction, Supreme Meats and Barooga Hotel.

●For those unable to attend but would like to donate, can and search for Jody Brown’s fundraising profile.