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Operation Step Ahead- A Soldiers' Quest for a Breast Cancer Cure

HOLSWORTHY,NSW July 28, 2008 - Australian Army Soldier Scott Bradshaw has commenced a 30 day, 1400km charity run from Sydney to Adelaide to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). Warrant Officer Bradshaw of Alpha Coy, 1st/19th Battalion, Royal NSW Regiment kicked off the run from the Holsworth Barracks and is scheduled to reach the Adelaide Womens Hospital on the 28 August 2008. An ambassador for the NBCF, Warrant Officer Bradshaw is no stranger to marathon running- in 2005 he completed the 1000km distance from Brisbane to Sydney to raise funds for non-subsidised treatment for his fiancee Leanne Myles who had been diagnosed with the illness.

"By doing this I hope to raise awareness and do whatever I can to raise funds for such a worthy cause. My partner is now in remission and we are grateful for the care she received however it is our dream that one day there will be a cure for this disease".

This time around though, there will be a few less blisters because of better footwear but the mental and physical battle will be just a gruelling for the dedicated soldier. Warrant Officer Bradshaw said the 750 km mark shapes up as the toughest hurdle because thats when the physical pain takes hold combined with the knowledge that there is still a long way to go to the finish line.

Warrant Officer Bradshaw plans to average 50km per day with a running program of 10 minutes then walking for two minutes, and gradually dropping the ratio until he is running and walking the same amount of time.

"The first time I did this kind of thing was to help Leanne", Warrant Officer Bradshaw said. "But this time it's to give something back to the people who supported me and others who need help".

His charity run will take Warrant Officer Bradshaw from Holsworthy to Penrith, Blaxland, Katoomba, Lithgow, Bathurst, Carcoar, Grenfell, Caragabal, West Wyalong, Weethalle, Goolgowi, Hay, Balranald, Tooleybuc, Ouyen, Underbool, Pinnaroo, Lameroo, Peake, Sherlock, Tailem Bend, Murray Bridge and Hahndorf. The event finishes at Adelaide Women's Hospital.

Warrant Officer Bradshaw's unit is part of the 5th Brigade, based at Holsworthy.

"Warrant Officer Bradshaw embodies the core-values of the Australian Defence Force and his hard work and personal sacrifice for such a worthy charity speak volumes of the dedication and determination of our soldiers" Brigadier Brereton said.

For more information of Warrant Officer Bradshaw's campaign go to

To speak to a NBCF spokesperson about this event email

To make contact with Warrant Officer Bradshaw on the road phone

WO Kenneth Lynn 0428 559136

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