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Andrew Cadigan became the third person to walk solo around Australia (he had no support crew and pushed a pram with his supplies) from December 2010 to June 2012. He did it in honour of his mate Chris Simpson who died from complications a leukaemia-relatied condition, myelodysplasia (MDS) at age 24 in May 2010.

Along the way Andrew met thousands of people who supported him and donated to his fund-raising for the Cancer Council and Leukaemia Foundation. He raised around $65,000.

He went to Thailand to wind down and transcribe his hand-written dairies from the walk to write, with his author father Neil, a book on his exploits. Sadly, he suffered fatal brain damage in a motor accident a month to the day after completing his epic 15,000km walk, and died aged 31 in Sydney 12 weeks later.

More than 600 attended his funeral on the Central Coast, paying an emotional tribute to a young man who had had an amazing influence on many of them.

Neil, using Andrew's diary and his own personal and powerful account of his son's amazing effort and subsequent tragedy, completed the book which was at first self-published as A Man and a Pram and was then published by Nero as With Every Step.



Matthew Daniels, of Geelong in Victoria, had already proven to be a bit of a marathon man. But his Guiness Book of Records effort in running 55 marathons in 55 days, is truly extraordinary.

Matt was inspired to attempt the world record after reading With Every Step. He decided to donate all donations provided in support to Cad's Cause, which were allocated to the Leukaemia Foundation's PHD research program into MDS - named after Andrew Cadigan and Chris Simpson who died from the pre-Leukaemia condition.

He raised almost $18,000!

But wait, there's more ...

Matt was back on his feet in December 2016 in a 24-hour treadmill session which raised a further $5436 which went straight to the Leukaemia Foundation's PHD scholarship. Truly, a champion effort!

Then came his latest incredible tribute to Cad, and simply unbelievable physical and mental challenge. Matt decided to replicate - with a twist - Andrew's Oz on Foot effort. Starting on December 27, seven years to the day that Andrew Cadigan set off to walk around Australia in 536 days, Matthew pledged to run a half-marathon a day (over 21km) for 535 days - finishing the same date Andrew walked into Sydney to complete his journey - June 14 (2019). (Note: 2012 was a leap year so 535 days srather than Cad's 536 will see Matt finish on the same date).

He completed his incredible task, raising a further $25,000 which went to the Leukaemia Foundation via Cad's Cause. That takes the total raised for charity via Cad's Cause to over $235,000!!

You can still donate by CLICKING HERE

We can't thank Matthew and his supporters enough for the incredible effort and gesture. 


The last of the five annual Cad's Cause memorial walks on the NSW Central Coast, held on October 29, 2017, was a succesful and emotional event with more than 150 family, friends and followers of Cad's story.

Over $3000 was raised for the Leukaemia Foundation, taking us past the goal of raising the entire $180,000 needed to fund the Foundation's Andrew Cadigan PHD scholarship (in honour of Chris Simpson) into much needed research into myelodsyplastic syndrome (MDS).

The 13km course was from The Haven at Terrigal to Bateau Bay Sports Club. It was the fifth walk in memory of Andrew Cadigan (Cad) and Chris Simpson (Simmo).  .


Gold Coast Titans NRL player Zeb Taia, through his association with Cad's father Neil who was the club's media manager for three seasons (2014-16), jumped behind Cad's Cause and - with a little help from teammates and others - raised almost $6500 for Cad's Cause in March 2017.

Zeb (pictured left) has not had a haircut for three years and his long locks became his signature look while playing for Catalans in the English Super League and now the Titans.

Because he was involved in a player swap with Joe Greenwood from St Helens, Zeb has left or England but did his shave before departure as he didn't want to step way from his promise.

Cad's cousin Luke Naividi and Titans players Karl Lawton and Eddy Pettybourne also had the big haircut and raised funds.

All the money went to the Leukaemia Foundation's PHD research scholarship to develop a breakthrough in treatment of myelodysplasia. The scholarship is named after Andrew Cadigan, in honour of Chris Simpson.  


Thanks to the incredibe efforts of Matthew Daniels, McDonald Jones Home and support from the rugby league community, on top of our five annual memorial walks, Cad's Cause has proudly reached the target of funding the $180,000 needed to fund the Leukaemia Foundation's 'Andrew Cadigan PHD scholarship (in honour of Chris Simpson)' which is providing much needed research into myeldysplasia (MDS).

The Leukaemia Foundation pledged $180,000 for the three-year program being conducted at St Vincents Hospital in Melbourne, and we hope to have provided all the funds by the end of 2017 - from the $45,000 Andrew raised for the Foundation on his Oz On Foot walk in 2010-12, to activities from the annual walk in his and Simmo's honour, McDonald Jones Homes' $50,000 contribution from their annual trade night, to a function held by the 'From Giants and Titans' old boys association on the Gold Coast.

If you are not aware of Cad's story, click the links above. It is truly inspirational.

His story is also told in the books 'With Every Step' and 'A Man and a Pram', scroll down for details.



Cad's Cause is a registered charity that raises funds for nominated causes. It emerged from a trust fund set up by friends of Cad (Andrew) to help his parents Neil and Chris while they were in Thailand while Andrew fought for his life in Chiang Mai, and for Andrew's ongoing care if he lived.

Money that inevitably was unneeded was donated to charity and the fund has continued as a means of providing funds to selected causes.

In 2014 the Leukaemia Foundation initiated a PHD research program into MDS, and named it after Andrew Cadigan in honour of Chris Simpson. The program will cost $180,000 over three years and Cad's Cause has pledged to raise all the amount as a further legacy to Andrew. Around $160,000 has now been raised.

You can donate by clicking on the DONATE button above.



The book on Andrew Cadigan’s walk around Australia, and tragic death soon after, originally named A Man and a Pram has been republished by Nero and now available in book stores.

Written by his author father Neil Cadigan, it is an inspirational and at times emotional story of Cad’s journey, gleaned from his daily diaries he had written during his walk from two days after Christmas 2010 to June 14, 2012. The trek was in honour of his mate Chris Simpson who had died seven months before Cad set foot down the Princes Highway from Sydney to cover over 15,000km … a man, a pram, two feet and a heartbeat.

It gives an amazing insight into his unbelievable physical and mental conquest, his struggles, the people he met and the funny experiences along the way.

$1 from every book sold will go to the Leukaemia Foundation, and the PHD scholarship. 

CLICK HERE for one of many stories about the book.



The morning after he finished his 15,000km walk, Cad was in the studio with Kochy and Nat. 



Click here for a wonderful interview with Andrew's dad Neil on ABC radio.


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