Hi, I’m Angus, I’m 19 years old and a Youth Ambassador for CanTeen. I live in Adelaide with my mother and two brothers and I’m currently taking a gap year before university.
Cancer impacted my life at a young age when my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. As I grew up he slowly deteriorated. Eventually in 2014 the cancer had spread throughout my Dad’s body and he passed away. Between his first diagnosis, his treatment and eventual passing, there was a crazy number of things that impacted mine and my brother’s lives. The biggest impact was that I lost a role model and I usually had to mature and deal with my issues by myself. My Dad convinced me to join CanTeen in 2012 to help me deal with the problems I had with both my cancer experience and life issues in general.
I am forever grateful that I joined CanTeen because I soon found something that could help me without burdening others. The peer support and services I found within CanTeen helped me get through the tumultuous events through my Dad’s treatment and passing. It’s a completely different experience being able to meet others who are in a similar situation and to find support that friends from school and family couldn’t give.
The thing that makes me passionate about CanTeen is the selflessness of the older members in CanTeen who took on leadership roles to help support other members and improve the quality of CanTeen’s services. Through the invaluable experiences I’ve had at CanTeen, I feel inspired to take on the roles of those before me and try to leave a positive footprint on CanTeen. I hope to change the life of someone who is currently going through their own cancer journey.
I took on the role as Youth Ambassador to share my story and hopefully raise awareness in the community about CanTeen and its services, specifically to reach out to young people affected by cancer whether it be their parent, sibling or themselves.
CanTeen offers a wide variety of services for young people that can be just a simple phone call or one on one conversation, to amazing camps and rec days to not only help you deal with your issues but also have a heap of fun away from your issues at home. But the biggest one is meeting other young people in a similar situation in a positive environment where everyone matters and no problem is too small or big.