The Englund family took time out for a picnic on their journey from Emerald to the Wesley Hospital raising awareness of strokes.
The Englund family took time out for a picnic on their journey from Emerald to the Wesley Hospital raising awareness of strokes. Contributed

Dan Englund powers on

DAN Englund's running total stands at about 693km in his 1000km journey from Emerald to the Wesley Hospital to raise awareness of strokes.

As the finishing line gets closer every day, Dan's wife Tania said they were amazed at the reception they received everywhere they went.

"It's amazing, it's what we feared to hope for, to give back to them (the Wesley Hospital) and we are on the cusp of it," Tania said.

"It's really humbling how much people have put into this, it's fairly surreal."

Tania said the past week, in which Dan ran from Chinchilla to Dalby, had been a big one with a crucial stop in Dalby on Monday in search of a physiotherapist.

"Dan saw a physiotherapist because the muscle on the side of his left leg is aggravated due to the heavy camber in the road," Tania said. "He was in quite a bit of pain and was very pleased to get in to the physiotherapist."

The Englund family enjoyed a two-day rest period in Dalby and Dan spoke at a dinner held at the Dalby Lions Clubhouse on Tuesday night.

"They presented us with a $500 cheque, it was generous and a really nice thing for them to do," Tania said.

The fundraising total now stands at more than $36,000.

Channel 9 news presenter Andrew Lofthouse and National Stroke Foundation business operations manager Anita Mitchell will join Dan for the final leg of the run in 11days time.

 

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