It's been such a privilege to cover some of the Love Your Sister journey on my blog.
Samuel Johnson (actor, voiceover artist and all round nice guy) spent one year riding more than 15,000 km on a unicycle. He did it because his sister Connie is dying from breast cancer. It started off as a dare - Connie joked that he should unicycle around Australia, spreading the breast aware message as her legacy. He took on the challenge and raised over more than $1 Million for the Garvan Institute - the money goes towards breast cancer research. Together, Sam and Connie and the Love Your Sister team have raised awareness and money, and touched so many people on their journey.
I remember that Connie's prognosis was not good at the start of the Love Your Sister unicycle trip. Sam's send off was so emotional - no one was sure whether they'd be reunited after a year. But she was. She was there to greet Sam at the finsh line. Love Your Sister has buoyed Connie. And even after the unicycle ride, she's been touring and fundraising with Sam. She's still here.
When the ride finished, Sam made it his mission to make finding a cure for cancer through Love Your Sister his job. He and Connie have worked with Garvan, spoken at TedX (those are below) and met with the Prime Minister - all in the name of cancer research and awareness. It's given him a new lease on life too. I was lucky to be invited to the Love Your Sister homecoming party on the day Sam returned. There was a special interview being filmed with Guy Pearce - and the conversation was raw. The guests were in tears. I think Love Your Sister has not only prolonged Connie's life but saved Sam. Watch that interview here.
Somehow in between working with Garvan, fundraising, film making and Connie's treatment, Samuel and Connie have found time to write a book!
Here's what publisher Hachette has to say about the book:
"In their book, LOVE YOUR SISTER, these two remarkable Australians share their tale, from their childhood, through to the finish line and beyond in this truly unique story. Part memoir, part travel diary, part conversation, LOVE YOUR SISTER is an inspiring and unforgettable book that shows just how far one man will go for his sister."
I'm excited to give a copy away. Tell me what extreme you'd go to to help your sister (or loved one) fight their biggest battle. Competition closes Tuesday 4 November at 5.00 pm.