Cheers to 20 years!

My name is Cameron, and I’m from Aspendale, Victoria. I have a beautiful wife Deb, and two young boys – Koby and Lenny. I love the great outdoors, fishing and hunting.

Cancer struck me at 17 years old, and I was certainly not given good odds of survival. I was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In my early years prior to cancer, I was an extremely fit and healthy teen, enjoying multiple games of AFL at school and club level.

After I was diagnosed was certainly the darkest part of my life, and I spent four months in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on an intensive trial program that was released at the time.

I still today thank the team at the Alfred and my primary nurse. It’s this level of dedication from doctors and nurses that drives me to want to help others.

It was made apparent to my wife and I a long time ago that the ACRF use the funds raised in the most important way – injected directly into research which will ultimately help find a cure.

The initial commencement of our donations was originally started by my beautiful wife, Deb and her mum decided to climb Mount Kilimanjaro after the passing of Deb’s dad and Karen’s husband, Bob Short. Both Deb and Karen started something pretty special with their fundraising.

Although there are many charities out there all doing their bit, we found ACRF to be the best choice. We have been donating for approximately five years now with over $85,000 raised to date. I would like to personally thank all my family and friends for their continued support financially to raise this incredible amount.

We recently held a ‘Cheers to Twenty Years’ party in honour of my 20 years of remission. All the businesses, contacts and in some cases strangers that volunteered their services, made donations for auctions and contributed their time to ensure the night was a massive success. It was a huge joint effort with over 250 people raising $40,310.10 on the night!

Everyone is touched and affected by cancer. It’s becoming too common and it’s a painful process to watch or go through. It’s a disease I personally wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy, and certainly something you don’t want your loved ones going through. More research is required, and more funding is required – that’s why I support ACRF.