Hey, my name is Abbey Stephens. I’m from Wilton in Sydney and I am a full-time student at Camden High School. I have many interests including the Canteen leadership team. It brings me so much joy being able to be part of this organisation and meet such inspiring people who I consider as my role models.
I want to share my cancer story with people and inspire people going through the same issues to show that, just because a negative and unfortunate thing has happened in my life, it doesn’t shape who I am but creates an internal drive within me to achieve higher in life. I was only 16 when my dad died from cancer and I can share the struggles I have come across being a senior in high school. Canteen services have brought me safe place to talk to people that have gone through the same thing and it is a place I know I belong. Canteen has brought me such a passion to help people and has introduced me to such amazing role models. Canteen has helped with my confidence and has helped me develop skills such as organisational skills, time management, public speaking and teamwork skills.
I love helping people and making people laugh. The sound of people’s laughter just brightens my day. I love to hang out with my friends, family and my boyfriend. I love a good social life. I love to be extremely busy and love educating people about cancer. The one thing that never fails to make me happy is dance. I dance every Wednesday night and perform at the end of the year. My greatest joy is to perform and to see people’s smiles in the crowd. I have been involved in performances such as Southern Starts, In The Spotlight and the Ultimo Festival. I absolutely have a passion for dressing up at parties and events if there are themes. My best-known ones have been an Australian themed one and a nostalgia theme where I dressed up and painted my body as Shrek. I can’t even describe how much a fan I am of Harry Styles and One Direction.