He will be walking to honour his friends that have lost their lives to melanoma and for future research. Picture: Toby Zerna
He will be walking to honour his friends that have lost their lives to melanoma and for future research. Picture: Toby Zerna

Truck driver’s long walk to raise melanoma awareness

AFTER ignoring a mole on his ankle for six months, 32-year-old truck driver, Jay Allen had no idea the small spot would change his life.

"The last 6 months of 2007, my wife kept telling me to go and get a mole checked on my left ankle and being a truck driver, I thought maybe it was a blister from my work boots," the father from South Sydney told The Daily Telegraph.

"It kept scabbing up and bleeding and changing colour and it just wouldn't heal, so I knew something was wrong."

The diagnosis was melanoma and it has spread in Jay's lymph nodes meaning he needed two major surgeries and a stint of immunotherapy treatment.

Determined to raise awareness and money for research, the now 43-year-old is walking from Adelaide to Sydney in 50 days for Jay's Longest Melanoma March.

Beginning on March 31 in South Australia, Jay will walk an average of 40 kilometres a day, ending in Sydney on May 19.

Go to https://tourdecure.com.au/events/jays-longest-melanoma-march-2019/ for more information and to donate.

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