Sherri Beck is determined in her quest to raise awareness and funds for epilepsy as she treks through South Australia and the Northern Territory on an epic 1600-kilometre walk.
Her Walk of Hope ventured past Port Pirie on Thursday and Friday as she continues her journey to Alice Springs.
It’s a cause close to Ms Beck’s heart – her daughter has idiopathic tonic-clonic epilepsy and was diagnosed in 2014.
“I worry about the impact that epilepsy will have on my daughter's future. Debilitating seizures, psychological/psychotic meltdowns and even death are all potential futures for individuals with epilepsy,” she said.
“Yes death! Unfortunately not many people are aware of this fact.”
While part of her challenge involves fundraising, raising awareness is also a big priority as The Epilepsy Centre SA/NT receives no government funding.
It is estimated that more than 61,000 people suffer from the condition in South Australia alone.
“I think sometimes there’s a bit of stigma around epilepsy. It’s not a condition that’s talked about a lot,” Ms Beck said.
“People can live a full life if they get the support they need.”
Ms Beck, who lives in Adelaide, started her journey on September 23 and walked to the outskirts of Port Pirie via Port Wakefield and Redhill, arriving on Thursday evening.
She departed Port Pirie on Friday and continued her journey to Alice Springs where she aims to arrive by November 4.