If Auckland man Steve Millar achieves his goal of walking across the finish line of the Sydney Marathon next month, he will have conquered much more than just a marathon.
Millar will be pushed in a specially designed chair by a team including his brother-in-law Phil Moon. The goal is to have him walk, with assistance, across the finish line.
In April last year, Millar, 41, was unexpectedly rushed off to hospital after suffering a massive bleed on his brain called arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a very rare condition.
After surgery and 10 months in hospital, he moved back home but was unable to move the right side of his body and could not verbally communicate, despite being able to fully understand everything.
Millar has since made steps towards recovery but is still on a long journey of rehabilitation.
Tina Millar, Steve's wife, says it's been a tough journey but she has faith Steve will be able to walk and talk again.
"He was a very active, outgoing kind of guy. He was always doing stuff.
"This is a big sort of change for all of us. It's certainly a very different Steve that we all have.
"I knew in my heart of hearts that he would pull through this and I have every faith that he's going to walk again and talk again."