23,000 young people are affected by cancer each year, which means 63 young people a day. One of those 365 days in 2010 I was one of those people. 2010 was the start of our journey, the battle with cancer. Mum being told she had a melanoma but soon starting treatment to be in remission very soon after diagnosis. A year or so later, again diagnosed with cancer, cervical cancer and later to pass way in 2013 from stage 4 metastatic melanoma. I never really realised that mum wasn’t going to be around for ever, she was my rock, my hero. I’m Tyson Dixie by the way, I’m just a normal teenage guy loving life, finishing school, working and now wanting to give back and make a difference in this ever-changing world. I live in South east Brisbane with my Grandmother and I’m very fond of mangoes.
My passion for this role as ambassador has stemmed from my very first camp with CanTeen, in Narooma NSW. It was a fishing trip and I bloody love fishing so I was definitely there. Coming home from this camp I was in tears to mum sharing how caring and beautiful everyone was, people just got me and for once I wasn’t made to be felt different. Outside people don’t get the whole cancer thing, when I tell people they relate with ‘I know how you feel,’ do you really? This was the point I knew that CanTeen would be with me for ever and one day I’m going to give back. Now. This is my chance and if I can be a ‘voice’ for people who may not have one, that’s everything.