Shorne's Walk for Brain Cancer

Published: Jul 29

Media Release

29 July 2016

800 kilometre walk to Brisbane to find a cure

Every year over 1400 cases of malignant brain cancers are diagnosed in Australia and after watching his mate Garry Lawton pass from the disease in 2014, Brisbane local Shorne Sanders is walking 800 kilometres from Rockhampton to Brisbane to raise money and awareness on 1 August 2016.

With the support of the Orange Thumbs charity, which Garry Lawton founded soon after he was diagnosed, Shorne has mapped out his run from the information centre in Rockhampton through to Bundaberg, then Goomeri and on to Brisbane, arriving at the Newro Foundation office at the Wesley Hospital on 19 August.

Funds from Shorne’s Walk for Brain Cancer will be donated to the Newro Foundation, a research organisation that conducts research in to brain and spine conditions. The Newro Foundation in partnership with QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute is pioneering a novel immunotherapy clinical trial targeting a type of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Seventeen patients from all over Australia are currently enrolled in the trial. Early results will be available within twelve months.

Shorne will depart Rockhampton on 1 August 2016 at approximately 8:00am at the Spire Tropic of Capricorn Visitor Information Centre, 176 Gladstone Road, Rockhampton. Newro Foundation Director and neurosurgeon, Dr Richard Kahler will meet Shorne at the start line and wish him all the best on his three week journey.

Shorne expects to arrive in Brisbane on Friday 19 August at the Wesley Hospital, where a welcome reception will be held.

Shorne and Dr Kahler will be available for interview in Rockhampton from 7:30am.

Donations to Shorne’s Walk for Brain Cancer can be made via the Newro Foundation website





Thy Boskovic                                      Trudi Riseley
Newro Foundation                             Orange Thumbs
0421 483 174                                     0418 883 261

About Shorne Sanders:

  • Grew up in Bundaberg and played senior football with Brothers Bulldogs AFL Club where he met, Orange Thumbs founder, Garry Lawton
  • Works in retail and hospitality
  • Father of  2 boys - 13 and 10 years old
  • Walking in memory of friend Garry Lawton who passed away from brain cancer in 2014 and his mother who passed away from lymphoma in 2015.

For media enquiries please contact Thy Boskovic on 0421 483 174 or email