When Chris Bond was 19, he suddenly became ill with a rare form of leukaemia. He also contracted a severe infection which spread through his body and quickly developed into gangrene. With his life in the balance, doctors made the decision to amputate both his legs below the knee, his left wrist and all but one of his fingers on his right hand. If that wasn’t devastating enough, he then had to continue his cancer treatment as well.
Chris joined CanTeen in late 2006 and found an enormous amount of strength, support and hope from the other young people he met.
Going on to become a board member and then CanTeen’s National Vice President, Chris also played a significant role in the development of the Youth Cancer Services and is passionate about improving the treatment experience for young cancer patients.
Chris has always been a keen sportsman with a passion for rugby league and vowed to continue playing sport as he struggled to adjust to life with prosthetic limbs. He initially focused on swimming, but missed the contact and camaraderie of team sport. Chris began training and playing in the wheelchair rugby national league in 2010 and was selected to the Australian wheelchair rugby squad that was to play at the 2011 Great Britain Cup.
At his first Paralympic Games in London in 2012, Chris was instrumental in the team’s gold medal win – the first wheelchair rugby gold Australia has ever won at a Paralympic Games.
Chris continues to be involved with CanTeen and his incredible story is a huge inspiration for other young people dealing with cancer.