Battling multiple sclerosis (MS) for the past 15 years, 36- year-old Don Calder is set to head to Russia in April to undergo a costly procedure which aims to halt the progression of his condition, with a special fundraiser tonight set to kick off his journey.
The procedure, called Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) is unavailable in Australia, and with travel included will cost Mr Calder around $100,000.
A special fundraiser is being held tonight at Maryborough’s Paramount Theatre, with a screening of the original Mad Max film to help support Don and raise awareness of the procedure.
“The fundraiser was my idea, I love Mad Max. I thought I’d get everyone in the mood for the 40th anniversary weekend with a fundraiser,” Mr Calder said.
Mr Calder said he’s not nervous about the procedure, but excited, as it will provide him with the chance to watch his four-year-old daughter, Kenzie, grow up.
To donate to Mr Calder’s fight against MS, head to www.gofundme.com/don-versus- multiple-sclerosis.
The Mad Max fundraiser kicks off at 8.30 pm tonight. Tickets are $20 each, with funds split between Mr Calder and the cinema. Organisers are asking for tickets to be purchased prior to the event.
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