My name is Lachie Osborne from Ocean Grove Victoria. I am studying criminology at Deakin University right now and have been working as a supervisor at the Quicksilver distribution center in North Geelong. I have been part of Canteen since 2014 and previously was a part of Camp Quality since I was six. I have lived with cancer throughout my whole life. My brother had a glioblastoma when he was two months old, and my family and I have been placed in a position where we have worked our lives around cancer ever since.
I want to share my story about how donations to help cancer treatments helped to save my brother. If it weren’t for new treatments that the surgeon had learned about while in America, my brother would not be here. My parents had the choice to trial this new treatment or to turn the life support off and I think it’s really important to talk about how donations from people across Australia helped save my brother.
The impact Canteen has had on my life has been tremendous. The friends I have made and the experiences had, the lessons learned, all in the effort to help me and those around me to deal with the pressures that cancer has brought into our lives. I will never forget the sessions where we sat in a room on the first day as strangers and after laughing, crying and learning we all walked out of those programs as best friends. That’s the impact left on me by Canteen.