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Former Paraplegic to Walk 700KMs for Mental Health


A paraplegic, who has extraordinarily beaten his condition, will be walking from Adelaide to Melbourne with no cane or walking frame.

Terry Mitropoulos was given a 5 per cent chance of living and no chance of getting back on his feet after he contracted a brain tumour, a superbug and a stroke around 9 years ago.

The father-of-two underwent 13 surgeries and years of rehabilitation and managed to overcome most of his setbacks. He has made it his life's work to support others who are suffering from mental illnesses.

The "Walk and Shine" 700km mission from Adelaide to Melbourne starts this weekend, raising awareness for mental health and funds for The Black Dog Institute and the YMCA Open Door Program.

Mr Mitropoulos will be stopping the Crafers Hotel in the Adelaide Hills after his first day of walking on Saturday 17 August. He is expecting to arrive mid-to-late afternoon and welcomes anyone who wants to meet him to come along for a chat.

To donate head to the GoFundMe webpage.

Image of Terry Mitropoulos by Sarah Matray of the Herald Sun, supplied.