In 2012, I lost the most important figure in my life-my Dad.
From the time he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer to the time he passed away was only three short weeks. Dad was only 58 years old. Although I hid it at the time, his death affected me massively and he has always been on my mind.
This year, on the anniversary of Dad’s death, I set up a fundraising page and took on a challenge that will not only reduce my personal cancer risk but will help Aussies living with GI cancers. I’m a huge lover of all kinds of meat but I am going vegetarian for one month. Anyone that knows me knows that this will be a huge challenge but it’s nothing compared to the struggle that people living with GI cancers go through every day.
My family and friends were pretty surprised when I set up this challenge. I don’t think they know how much I think about my Dad and how much I miss him. I’m a footy player and I work in warehousing and security and it’s kind of a blokey kind of area so showing how you feel is often not something you do. But I am so grateful for all the support I’ve been shown by my family, friends and workmates.
I’m so determined to see this challenge through and to raise awareness of GI cancers that if anyone sees me eating meat, I’ll donate their money back and double it. I know I’ll be tempted but I’ll stay strong. My mate told me “You don’t make friends with salad” but I will make a difference. I hope Dad would be proud.
To donate and support my challenge, visit: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/brandon-8