Boof’s legacy lives on: Love turns wishes into action

01 Feb 2020

Before Kevin “Boof” Higgins passed away from prostate cancer, he had one request. He wanted his legacy to be focused on encouraging men to get tested to spare others from the same pain his family had endured - and would continue to face.

Six months after he passed away, his daughter Kylie rallied her sisters, Leslie and Susan, and sister-in-law Ornella to put Boof’s last wish into action.

They decided to launch a cycling challenge in honour of his life and love for the outdoors.

They each committed to riding 140kms throughout the month of February, to raise funds and awareness and get more people talking about prostate cancer.

“Dad was a hardworking man with a great sense of humour, who loved camping, motorbike riding, boating and fishing.

 “He loved his family and friends more than anything, which is why he asked his family for his legacy to be to urge all the men in our lives to get tested so that they don't have to go through what he and his family have had to endure,” Kylie says.

So how did Kylie go about making it a success?

She decided to use the power of social media, posting photos, and uploading maps of rides, along with her donation page information, to raise awareness and funds for PCFA. Leslie and Ornella got their gym, You Fit Mildura, behind them with other gym members joining their team or supporting them before or after sessions to complete the rides.

They also used their connections to organise fundraising events at their local Club and Pub with a PCFA Raffle currently happening at Club Merbein. The Merbein Pub will also be hosting a fundraising night soon to continue to raise funds and awareness in their community.

"Get a team together, be it family, friends, work mates or your sporting team. Make it fun and encourage each other in which ever challenge you choose. Also utilise the power of social media to get the word out - the more teammates sharing your challenge on social media, the further it will spread," Kylie says.

We know that Boof would be so proud of his daughters - thank you for doing the distance for the cause. His legacy will live on because of you.

Kylie also asked us to acknowledge the amazing Medical Professionals for their care of Kevin and support to his family. Mildura Base Hospital, Dr Krishna and the Oncology Unit, The Palliative Care Team, Nurse Craig Millard, Dr Singh and Sunraysia Cancer Resources and Cancer Centre Epworth.

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