Nephew provides inspiration

INSPIRATION: Nephew Lakyn, who has cystic fibrosis, greeted his uncle Kaden Newton at the finish line after he completed a 60-kilometre ultra marathon, to raise money for research for the chronic illness. Newton, who raised more than $5500, is also pictured with proud mates Kane Leersen and Sam Parker following the Great Ocean Road Marathon event on Sunday.

INSPIRATION: Nephew Lakyn, who has cystic fibrosis, greeted his uncle Kaden Newton at the finish line after he completed a 60-kilometre ultra marathon, to raise money for research for the chronic illness. Newton, who raised more than $5500, is also pictured with proud mates Kane Leersen and Sam Parker following the Great Ocean Road Marathon event on Sunday.

Colac’s Kaden Newton says crossing the finish line with his 8-month-old nephew Lakyn kept him motivated to push through a gruelling 60-kilomretre Ultra Marathon.

The 25-year-old committed to the event, which debuted during Sunday’s Great Ocean Road Marathon between Lorne and Apollo Bay, to raise money for cystic fibrosis after Lakyn, his sister Jaalla’s son, was diagnosed with the chronic illness.

Newton’s inspiring effort saw him raise more than $5500 to go towards research into the illness, which has no cure and requires constant medical treatment and physiotherapy.

He said he was “overwhelmed” by the support leading up to and during the epic run along the iconic ocean road.

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