My name is Bec, I am from WA and I joined CanTeen in 2014 when I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, a type of blood cancer. At the time I was a healthy 17 year old, six weeks into year 12, playing competitive basketball and had my school ball three days earlier. Cancer took everything away from me in an instant. I was isolated and scared.
Since getting involved with CanTeen I have learnt so much, become confident in sharing my story and had so many amazing opportunities from local camps to national leadership trainings. My passion for leadership has grown and I am excited to be an ambassador so that I can help CanTeen reach other young people who feel like they are alone. CanTeen gave me somewhere to belong when I felt like I had nowhere and since then it has been safe space where I am always welcome and feel at home. I have made friends with people who understand what life is like when cancer is part of your world as a young person and those connections have been so valuable to me through everything. As cliché as it sounds, I really don’t know where I would be without CanTeen.